Olives make a great savoury snack if you’re looking for an alternative to something sweet to help fight that afternoon energy slump. They are so versatile and it’s easy to put your own twist on them by mixing together a few of your favourite ingredients. If you’re craving a getaway or suffering from a bout of holiday blues, create your own delicious authentic Spanish-style feast in your own home by marinating your own olives with a mix of Mediterranean flavours and creamy manchego cheese.
I really love getting experimental with different flavours in the kitchen, changing things up to suit my own tastes and stretching my creativity. Olives are such a staple ingredient in a lot of homes across the country, however, so many aren’t sure how to use them. They can be thrown on to salads and pizza straight from the jar, but taking some inspiration from the Spanish family tradition of marinating olives I like to tailor them to my own tastes by developing my own marinades.
Craving a get away or suffering a bout of holiday blues? Create a Spanish-style feast by marinating olives with a mix of fresh Mediterranean flavours.
- 380 g Fragata Pitted Black Olives
- 170 g manchego cheese cubed
- 6 cloves of garlic peeled
- 2 red chillies deseeded and diced
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 250 ml good quality extra virgin olive oil
Remove the rosemary from the stalks, before adding to a large bowl with the other ingredients.
Stir together well and transfer to a preserving jar.
Keep refrigerated and use as needed. Enjoy!
Fragata have a great range of olives which they harvest in Spain, I used their green pitted olives for my Citrus Marinated Olives, but this time thought I would road test their black pitted olives – they didn’t disappoint. I love that deep saltiness of black olives, which compliments the creamy manchego cheese and fragrant rosemary. There is a mild kick from the red chilli, which helps to cut through all of those big flavours.
This olive marinade is very reminiscent of a beautiful Mediterranean holiday. The produce and flavours of Mediterranean food are second to none, so simple and fresh. Trying to capture a bit of the world that I love in a jar is what inspired this particular olive marinade. Spanish tapas is one of my favourite things ever, and I think these would take pride of place on a table full of gorgeous tapas to serve to your guests over the summer.
If you could capture a bit of the world that you loved in a jar, what would it be?
*This recipe was commissioned by Fragata, but all opinions are my own.