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If you are looking for an easy appetizer idea, that is something other than ordinary, this spicy olive tapenade is perfect.  This tangy southern French paste is wonderful enjoyed on toasted bread, served as a dip, or used for a sandwich spread. The combination of olives, capers, and garlic give this dish an interesting flavor, making it a great way to offer something different at your next gathering.

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To prepare Olive Tapenade:

Cooks note: Traditional tapenade is made with anchovies, I have not included them here, however feel free to add if you want. This recipe is a spicy variation with the addition of red pepper. 

  • 1½ cups black olives, pitted
  • ½ cup stuffed green olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flake (optional)
  • baguette, sliced and toasted

Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix until paste like. Served on grilled or fresh bread. Tapenade also makes a wonderful spread in a cold cut sandwich.

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