Warm Olives & Chèvre

Photo by Caroline West

If you show up at my door unexpected, and plan to stay for a while, you’ll be served warm marinated olives.

Tucked in the side compartment of the fridge, right between the mustard and pickles, you’ll find a Mason jar full of olives in flavoured oil.

I’ll grab a small saucepan and tip the olives into the saucepan to warm them to bring on their full flavour.

If you’re lucky, I’ll have chèvre, goat cheese, on hand and I’ll drizzle a bit of the marinated oil over the cheese and then add some freshly cracked black pepper.

It will be casual and effortless and you’ll never know I’ve been hoping for an unexpected guest.

Originally published in EAT Magazine March April 2012

Inspired by a marinated olive recipe found in Hors d’Oeuvres at Home by The Culinary Institute of America

Serves 8 – 10

Olive Marinade

  • 2 cups (250 ml) assorted olives
  • 1 cup (250 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 sprigs each of rosemary and thyme
  • 2 fresh red chilies
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and bruised
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 large pieces lemon peel from a clean, organic lemon

Cheese Marinade

  • 1 tsp (5 ml) mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) fennel seeds
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) peppercorns
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) dried thyme
  • ½ lb (250 g) soft goat cheese, at room temperature

Place the olive marinade ingredients in a medium saucepan and warm over low heat until aromatic, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Pour about 1/3 cup of the warm herb infused oil into a separate small saucepan.  Lightly crush the mustard, fennel and peppercorns and add them, along with the thyme, to the oil.   Allow the herbs to infuse the oil, on low heat, approximately 15 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly.*

Place the goat cheese in the center of a small platter and surround it with the marinated olives. Pour the oil and crushed herbs over the cheese.

Garnish the platter with the marinated peppers, lemon peel and rosemary.  Serve with a baguette or crackers.

*The oil marinade should not be warm enough to melt the cheese.

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4 Responses to “Warm Olives & Chèvre”
  1. Tammy says:

    Sounds delightful Denise, I’m on my way over!

  2. Tammy says:

    Perfect. I am off to Peru on Friday to get some potatoes and then onto the Amazon for some fresh piranha. Now would I poach the piranha in white wine? Lol.

    Enjoy Italy!

    • Denise says:

      Oh – you make me miss my cooking lessons!

      Sure hope you can join us at Colour Your Palate on April 10th. Would be lovely to see you again.

      Ciao bella!

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