Fig & Olive Tapenade

July 30, 2010 by KatiesCooking  
Filed under Appetizers, Featured Recipes, Vegetarian

I have a weakness for bite-sized nibbles.  Everything is so much cuter when it’s pint-sized or wrapped up in a neat little package.  The thought of a obese cheeseburger makes me cringe.  But, if that cheeseburger was divided into 20 petite sliders, I could eat my weight in them.  Just a simple triscuit cracker transforms with an elegant topping which is where my fig & olive tapenade recipe comes into play.

Remember when I said I used to be a picky eater? Well, olives used to be one of the foods I despised.  So in order to slowly introduce them into my diet (baby steps remember) I would mix them with something a little sweeter to dull their briny flavor.  Awhile back I stumbled across a recipe for this tapenade (which may have been this David Lebowitz recipe) soon lost it and was forced to wing it.  Every time I make it, I’ll just dump all the ingredients into the food processor, or at least all the ones I can remember, and pulse it together.

Even though I absolutely love olives now, I still prefer this tapenade with luscious figs.  It’s more of a compote really.  In order to balance out the sweetness of the tapenade, I love to pair it with a thin ribbon of proscuitto and a dallop of goat cheese.  Those components tie it all together in a nice little package.  Just like I like.

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