Olive Recipes

Tapenade, olive bread, pasta puttanesca, and plenty of olive appetizer recipes are rated and reviewed, and you'll find cooking tips, too.

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Green Olive Chicken I

Rating: 3.5 stars
Yummy stew with potatoes and Spanish olives. Ole!

Mediterranean Black Olive Bread

Rating: 4.64 stars
You can vary the flavor of this bread with your choice of olive - Kalamata, Amfisa, Arbequina, Niscoise ... ... ....

Deb's Tapenade

Rating: 4.35 stars
This is an olive dip that makes for a great appetizer or to serve as a topping on meat. Cut little baguettes into small rounds for dipping. You can use bread sticks, crackers, sliced peppers, or other veggies for dipping as well.

Olive Puffs

Rating: 4.04 stars
These puff pastry-wrapped olives are our family's favorite holiday appetizer. We make them with a variety of olives - pimento stuffed green, plump kalamata, Provencal - just make sure they are pitted. We like to use strongly flavored olives; the flavor of canned ripe olives disappears in the puff pastry. You can make these ahead, and freeze; allow 30 minutes for the pastry to thaw before baking. Another advantage: the kids like to make them and eat them.

Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.62 stars
An olive tapenade without anchovies.

Real N'awlins Muffuletta

Rating: 4.74 stars
These gigantic sandwiches were invented a century ago at Sicilian Deli here in New Orleans. The spicy, tangy olive salad is what really sets this meat and cheese sandwich apart. A genuine muffuletta should be made on oven-fresh Italian bread topped with sesame seeds. Be sure and use the highest-quality ingredients available; it really makes a difference! Since you're going to all the trouble of making the olive salad, consider doubling the recipe so you'll have some extra waiting around for when you get another muffuletta craving -- it keeps for at least a month! Note: Use round bread loaves for real muffuletta.

Mexican Lasagna with Noodles

Rating: 4.42 stars
A different twist on lasagna! Easy to make!

Halloween Pasta

Rating: 4 stars
This pasta can be eaten any time but is best for Halloween. Very tasty and no need for sauce.

Puttanesca I

Rating: 4.6 stars
Named after the Italian ladies of the night, this sauce goes well with any type of spaghetti.

Muffuletta Sandwich

Rating: 4.62 stars
My Italian family loves this recipe! A crusty loaf of Italian bread is cut in half, and layered with olives, and various meats and cheeses.

Chef John's Chicken Riggies

Rating: 4.8 stars
This results in a sauce that seems much richer than it actually is, and I think you'll love the subtle sweetness the wine imparts, which works wonderfully with the heat from the peppers.

Splendicious Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Rating: 4.23 stars
This recipe comes from my Army days where dishes were often created by throwing in everything including the kitchen sink! I've refined it over the years, and this recipe yields a tangy yet sweet and rich sauce that is sure to make your soldiers happy. The sauce is excellent over any pasta.

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Recipes That Use a Can of Black Olives
Transform a can of olives into delicious dinners, dips, and sides with these versatile recipes.
Black Olive Spread
Rating: Unrated
I got this recipe from a friend who can't remember where she got it. It's different than the usual creamy spreads and is versatile and delicious.

Baked Cheese Olives

Rating: 3.94 stars

Rich cheese dough surrounds a savory olive. A great pick-up appetizer or snack. You can freeze the unbaked, dough-wrapped-olives and then bake them right out of the freezer, extending the baking time by a few minutes.