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Colorful Marinated Olive Kabobs

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Colorful Marinated Olive Kabobs
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 20 min
  • Servings 36
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Colorful Marinated Olive Kabobs

Simple yet sophisticated, these mini-kabob appetizers feature assorted olives and fresh veggies flavored with a sprightly citrus-dill marinade.

Ingredients

Marinade

1/4
cup olive oil
1/4
cup chopped fresh dill weed
2
thin slices orange, quartered
2
thin slices lemon, quartered
2
cloves garlic, quartered

Kabobs

1
cup pitted assorted olives (kalamata, niçoise, green)
2
yellow or orange bell peppers, cut into 1-inch squares
18
cherry tomatoes, halved
Cocktail picks, fresh rosemary twigs or toothpicks

Directions

  • 1 In food-storage plastic container or resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix marinade ingredients. Add olives and bell pepper squares; cover container or seal bag. Turn to coat well with marinade. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight, occasionally turning container or bag to coat with marinade.
  • 2 To serve, remove olives and pepper squares from marinade; discard marinade. Arrange tomatoes, cut side down, on serving plate. Thread 1 olive and 1 pepper square onto each cocktail pick. Insert each into tomato half for base.
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Different Types of Olives

As prepared by tbspAngela,

Supermarkets are full of a variety of olives, but what makes each one unique?


Writer, poet, and travel writer Lawrence Durrell said of olives, “The whole Mediterranean…the wine, the ideas…seems to ride in the sour pungent taste of those black olives…A taste older than meat, older than wine. A taste as old as cold water.”

Mr. Durrell sadly left us in 1900 so he probably didn’t get much of a chance to explore all the delicious varieties of olives we see in markets today. The days of deciding between the green and the black, the pitted or non-pitted, and the pimento stuffed are over. Enter juicy and wonderful olives like Kalamata, the Ponentine, and the Lugano.

Because olives are a tasty fruit, these days you can even find them stuffed with things like blue cheese, cream cheese and the spicy Jalapeno. But which variety is right for your veggie tray or favorite dish?

The Taste is in the Variety


Here’s a look at a variety of olives:

  • Kalamata –From Greece, these black olives are ripened to a purple color and once brine-cured they offer a fruity sort of flavor. You can’t eat just one. Great with cheese, alone or in a pasta.

  • Ponentine – For a milder taste comes the Ponentine. From Italy, this black olive is first salt-brined and stored in vinegar. These are good for snacking or cooking.

  • Lugano – These are great for a wine and cheese tasting party! These black olives are salty and often come with olive leaves to enhance the flavor even more.

  • Nicoise – From France, these black olives are also fully ripened and offer a nutty taste. The Nicoise is great for stuffing since the pit is large and full. Often served in salads.

  • Picholine – The small green Picholine olive is another choice from France. It’s salt-brined and lightly salted with a sort of citrusy taste. Great with wine or in salads and generally sold with the pit in.

  • Manzanilla – From Spain comes another green olive variety. It’s loaded with salt and is lactic acid brined. These are great with tapas or appetizers.

  • Gaeta – This tasty Italian black olive is rubbed with oil which makes the olive look wrinkled. Because it’s on the bland side, it’s usually stuffed with herbs such as rosemary or thyme. Nice for snacking or appetizers.

  • Basic Black Olives –The most boring variety, but they deserve a mention. Often used as a pizza topping or in basic salads.


Choose the Right Olive


Deciding which olive to use depends entirely on your tastes. We recommend visiting a self-serve deli or olive bar (usually full of many olive varieties) and sampling a few or more. So, buy a variety and let your taste buds decide which olive will become your favorite for snacking or cooking.

Here's some recipes to try with your new olive knowledge:


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Tips  

Pump up the color of these kabobs by using a variety of colored bell peppers.

Many grocery stores now feature olive bars that allow you to buy just the amount and kind of olives you need.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Kabob
Calories
10
(
Calories from Fat
5
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
1g
1%
(
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
35mg
1%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
1g
0%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
0g
)
Protein
0g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
Free
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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