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Appetizers, Vegetarian

Olives with lemon and rosemary

Olives with lemon and rosemary
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

YOU GATHER with family and friends in the evening as the heat of the day starts to fade and the first cool ocean breezes begin to blow in, thick and sweet as honey. The bright white light of afternoon gradually ... Read more

Total time: 10 minutes, plus 1 hour marinating time | Serves 12
  • 1 pound (about 2 1/2 to 3 cups) black, green or mixed olives
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 strips lemon peel, removed with vegetable peeler
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 2 whole small dried red chiles
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Step 1Place the olives in a strainer and rinse under running water. Transfer them to a large nonreactive bowl.

Step 2Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a skillet with the garlic, lemon peel, rosemary and chiles and cook over medium heat until the garlic softens and the herbs are fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add to the olives.

Step 3Add the lemon juice and the remaining olive oil, seal tightly with plastic wrap and set aside to marinate, at least one hour. If tightly covered and refrigerated, the olives will keep for several weeks. Makes about 3 cups.


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