Tapenade is a popular French dip or spread made from olives, capers, anchovies, garlic, and olive oil. The ingredients are typically blended together to form a paste-like consistency, which can be served as a dip with bread or crackers, or used as a condiment to add flavor to various dishes.
The flavor of tapenade is usually salty, tangy, and savory, and it can vary in texture from chunky to smooth depending on personal preference. It is a versatile condiment that can be used in a variety of dishes, such as sandwiches, pasta, salads, and more.
1 cup pitted black olives
2 tablespoons capers
2 anchovy fillets
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse the olives and capers under cold water to remove excess salt.
- In a food processor, pulse the olives, capers, anchovy fillets, and garlic until coarsely chopped.
- While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the mixture forms a smooth paste.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer the tapenade to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
- Serve the tapenade with sliced baguette, crackers, or as a topping for grilled meats or vegetables.