Olive Caper Tapenade Recipe

Olive Caper Tapenade is a great olive spread to serve your family and guests.  This spread makes a delicious topping for bruschetta, crostini, and crackers.  Olive Caper Tapenade can also be used as a spread for crackers or baguette bread slices or as a sandwich spread.  How about adding a dollop on top of a baked potato?


Olive Caper Tapenade


Olive Caper Tapenade Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Oliver Caper Tapenade Recipe
Servings: 1 cup
  • 1/2 pound black olives in brine (Nicoise or Kalamata olives), pitted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, extra-virgin
  • Juice and grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • Black pepper, freshly-ground (about 5 to 6 grindings)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves, chopped, fresh
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
  • Salt to taste
  1. In a blender or food processor, place olives, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper; blend until slightly chunky.  Cover and refrigerate to allow flavors to marry for several hours.

  2. Return mixture to blender and add red pepper, basil, and capers; blend until mixture is smooth and spreadable.  Season with additional salt to taste.

  3. Refrigerate to store (can be prepared 4 days ahead).  Serve at room temperature with Italian bread.

  4. Makes 1 cup.


Capers    Dips, Spreads, Pates & Terrines    Olive Appetizers    Olives   

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