The perfect fig and olive recipe for your Easter festivities.
I think my favorite day this week will be tomorrow because it will be the first day of spring! I automatically expect the snow to melt, warm sunshine, and fresh air blowing through the windows. However, the forecast calls for more snow in the next few days…bummer! I have a little bit of cabin fever, if you can’t tell. Plus we are starting our own vegetable garden, which I’m looking forward to.
Spring also means Easter and I’m looking forward to a day of worship, family time, and a nice dinner. My mom is usually the one who makes dinner and everyone brings a dessert or appetizer. I remember a friend of mine making a fig and olive chutney over winter that was simply amazing and thought the mixture of sweet and salty would be a perfect transition to the main meal.
I like to keep the ingredients to any of my recipes simple and try to use whatever I have at the house, if I can. Instead of a chutney, I decided to make a tapenade, which is simply a pureed or finely chopped dish consisting of olives, capers, and olive oil. Using fresh figs instead of dried figs gives it a very light taste prefer for the spring season. In addition, I used these Pearl® Specialties Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives instead of regular black olives. These olives took this recipe to a whole other level.
Pearls® Specialties have the perfect crunch and the mixture of the salt, from the olive, and the boldness from the blue cheese makes a great combination, especially paired with the sweetness of a fig. Not to mention, these olives make a perfect addition to any meal or appetizer. They even taste great by themselves. No wonder they say Life is Better With Pearls®!
Fig and Olive Tapenade Recipe
-4oz. Fresh Figs
-1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
-2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-1 tsp Rosemary
-Pulse in blender to your desired consistency. I prefer my tapenade chunky, so I did a couple pulses and was finished.
-Serve with toasted baguettes.
Lastly, they come in many varieties; Pitted Kalamata, Garlic Stuffed, Blue Cheese Stuffed, and Jalapeno Stuffed. They can be purchased through Amazon.com or click here to find them at a store location near you.
How are you spending your Easter this year?