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Olives are one of my all time favorite foods. Whether it's mixed into recipes or just to eat plain as a snack, olives provide healthy monounsaturated fats which boost energy and are shown to naturally improve cholesterol levels. They pair well with lots of foods but one of my favorite pairings is olives and cheese. These rosemary and feta stuffed fried olives make a great appetizer when paired with marinara sauce. They are salty and savory and perfectly poppable.
- 2 cans (3 oz each) of green pitted Olives from Spain, drained
- 2 oz crumbled feta*
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary*
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 Tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese*
- 1 egg*
- Light olive oil or safflower oil for frying
- Marinara sauce* for dipping
*I recommend purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs and pervasive pesticides.
- To stuff the olives, insert one fresh rosemary needle in the cavity of each olive and stuff with feta crumbles. I find that that the feta crumbles are usually the perfect size for popping in the holes of the olives - just keep inserting and packing them in until the olive is full. Set stuffed olives aside on a plate.
- To prepare the olives for frying, put the flour in a small bowl, mix the panko and Parmesan together in another bowl, and whisk the egg in a third bowl. One or two at a time, dredge the olives in flour, then egg then the panko mixture. Repeat with all of the olives. Set aside.
- To fry the olives, heat about 1.5 inches of light olive oil or safflower oil in a small sauce pan until it sizzles when a bread crumb is dropped in the oil. Add 5-10 olives at a time to the hot oil, being sure not to crowd them. Allow to cook for 1 minute before removing olives with chopsticks or tongs to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat until you have fried all of the olives.
- Serve warm with a side of organic marinara sauce for dipping.
Olives of all colors are really delicious and versatile in a variety of dishes. Olives from Spain has a great collection of olive recipes on their site including this olivada spread recipe which uses black olives. Click on the picture to go to that recipe!
Olivada photo credit: Olives from Spain
For something more simple, use black olives as a garnish on your salad, in your tacos, on hummus or other dips and more! Is there a bad way to have olives? I don't think so!
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