Tapenade is a delicious dip which is also used to liven up other dishes. For this recipe we used basil, but others use parsley. Some people also season it with salt and ground pepper, which for me is not necessary because the anchovies add some saltiness to it.
Makes 1-1/2 Cups
1/2 pound pitted mixed olives
2 anchovy fillets, rinsed
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons capers
2 to 3 fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Rinse the olives in cool water and place them in a food processor. Add the anchovy fillets, minced garlic, capers, basil leaves, lemon juice and olive oil. Process it for thirty seconds and then scrape the sides of the food processor bowl. Continue to process for another minute or two until the mixture forms a consistent paste mixture. Transfer it to a bowl and serve or store it in a sealed jar or container and refrigerate.
*Based on Alton Brown’s recipe from the Food Network
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