Make Ahead Appetizers: Citrus Marinated Olives

These olives are so elegant and sophisticated, you may want to pack in jars and give as gifts. But not me- I’m keeping these citrus and herbed tinged beauties for myself.

With the Holidays quickly approaching, I love to give food gifts that are homemade. There is nothing as thoughtful as a gift that is made by hand for the special people in your life. This year, I want to make something that is not only beautiful, but healthy as well.

Typically, I would bake my Pumpkin Bread or make jars of jams or cranberry relish, but with all the baking we’ve been doing these past few months, I thought something a little lighter in the carb department would be appreciated. So- I’m sharing how to make my Citrus Marinated Olives. They are healthy, gorgeous and it take only a few minutes to whip up several jars. It is an especially thoughtful gift for the host or hostess in your life. Having a jar of these on hand during the holidays, makes for easy entertaining.

Support your local markets by buying high quality olives or citrus.

Look for lovely jars such as Kilner or Le Parfait at the local hardware store or use mason jars found at the grocery store.

Have fun! Enjoy!

Citrus marinated Olives

  • 1 cup olives

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 piece lemon peel

  • Lemon, sliced thin

  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds

  • 1/2 tsp Herbs de Provence

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • 8 oz glass jars with air tight seal such as Kilner

Purchase Kilner jars here

Method- Makes 1- 8 oz jar of olives

  • In a fine mesh strainer, rinse the olives well. Pat dry.
  • Fill your jar with the olives. Tuck in a sprig of rosemary, a wedge of lemon slice and a piece of lemon peel. Sprinkle in the Herbs de Provence and the Coriander seeds. Pour oil over top until the olives are covered.
  • Seal jar. The olives will keep in the fridge for 2-4 weeks.
    Bring to room temperature before serving.

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