Mediterranean Appetizers: Spicy Moroccan Olives Recipe

Mediterranean Appetizers: Spicy Moroccan Olives Recipe

Green olives, marinated in these two spicy herbal concoctions, are simple to prepare and absolutely delicious.
Prep Time 8 hrs
Total Time 4 d 3 hrs
Course Appetizers, Breakfast & Brunch, Starters
Cuisine Mediterranean, Moroccan
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 2⅔ cups (1 lb/450 g) green or tan olives (unpitted) for each marinade
  • #For the spicy herbal marinade#
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) chopped fresh coriander
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Good pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Good pinch of ground cumin
  • 2-3 tbsp (30-45 ml) olive oil, plus extra if necessary
  • 2-3 tbsp (30-45 ml) lemon juice, plus extra if necessary
  • #For the hot chilli marinade#
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) chopped fresh coriander
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp (5 ml) grated fresh root ginger
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely sliced
  • ¼ preserved lemon, cut into thin strips

Instructions
 

  • Crack the olives, hard enough to break the flesh but taking care not to crack the stones.
  • Place in a bowl of cold water and leave overnight to remove the excess brine.
  • Drain thoroughly and divide the olives between two jars.
  • Mix all the ingredients for the spicy herbal marinade in a jug.
  • Pour over the olives in one of the jars, adding more olive oil and lemon juice to cover, if necessary.
  • To make the hot chilli marinade, mix together all the ingredients.
  • Pour over the olives in the second jar.
  • Store both jars in the fridge for at least 1 week, shaking them occasionally. #A jar of marinated olives makes the perfect present for anyone who appreciates their delectable flavor. Experiment with different herbs and spices in the marinade – try oregano and basil, and substitute lime juice for the lemon juice, or even use flavored vinegars.#
    Mediterranean Appetizers: Spicy Moroccan Olives Recipe
    Mediterranean Appetizers: Spicy Moroccan Olives Recipe
Keyword Snacks, Spicy