It’s that time of year again where you will probably either be hosting or attending a festive celebration. There’s no better way to celebrate the festive season than with delicious food!
If you’re in need of some ideas for your next Christmas party or year end function, these olive inspired appetizers are sure to be crowd pleasers.
Crostini with Ricotta and Spicy Olive Tapenade
The unusually spicy olive tapenade, dolloped on top of a crispy crostini slathered with creamy ricotta, will tantalize taste buds and impress guests.
Tip: If you are wanting to simplify this recipe even further, ditch the home made tapenade, Willow Creek Olive Estate makes a delicious chilli olive pesto that can substitute the spicy tapenade.
Rosemary and Olive Wreath
This super simple olive wreath takes seconds to create and also serves as a festive edible décor piece.
All you need is fresh rosemary sprigs, olives of your choice, pickles, sundried tomatoes or pepperdews and some buffalo mozzarella balls. Assemble in the shape of a wreath, as in the image, and ta-da you have a Christmas appetizer.
Tip: When choosing your olives, herb infused olives will add extra flovour, try Chaloner’s lavender and garlic Kalamata olives.
Deep Fried Olives
The festive season is all about indulging and what isn’t indulgent about these deep fried olives? Perfect for guests to snack on or to add in salads, these little gems will have everyone drooling for more.
Homemade Olive Crackers with Baked Brie & Chaloner’s Olive Marmalade
Take the ever favourite cheese and crackers snack to another level by making your own olive crackers as the vehicle for creamy baked brie topped with a generous amount of Chaloner’s Olive Marmalade.
Simply place brie wheel on a sheet pan covered with baking paper and cover the top with the olive marmalade, bake for 5 -7 minutes until soft but not quite oozing, allow to cool for a few minutes, place in the centre of a plate and arrange your olive crackers around the wheel of cheese and there you have it.
Rosemary and Lemon Christmas Cookies with an Olive Oil Glaze
This is a great way to transform Christmas cookies into a culinary treat. Follow the recipe to make the cookie dough and simply use Christmas themed cookie cutters to achieve the festive take on these sweet-savory-acidic biscuits.