This is much sweeter than a regular black olive tapenade – so originally I called this Sweet Tapenade.
This is so simple to make and you can make it with roasted peppers from a jar, meaning you can whip it up with ingredients in the cupboard. (But it is sweeter if made with your own roasted peppers.) I usually make this as a dip for crisps. You should leave it in the fridge for an hour or two for it to taste best as a dip – or if you had some cream cheese handy you can blend it together with that for a yummy – though not quite so healthy – dip. But let’s face it if you’re having crisps you’re not really thinking about being healthy, hmm? Although you could have it with celery sticks or carrots. I’ve done that. No really, I have.
I should really call this Roasted Red Pepper, Sundried Tomatoes & Black Olive Tapenade as that is pretty much all it contains but it is so much sweeter than a proper black olive tapenade that I thought it best to call it as it is – sweet.
I make this all the time. I always have the ingredients to hand and it’s so useful – you can use it like a ketchup sauce with things or you can mix in some finely grated hard cheese to make a quick (and more full of good fat than the average) cheese spread or if you’re looking for a quick meal stir it into some rice or pasta – with some fresh basil if you’ve got some and a few more whole black olives thrown in. It’s really handy. Not sophisticated like a proper not-so-sweet tapenade should be but tasty, cheap and quite healthy.
I wasn’t going to add a recipe for it but seeing as how I mentioned it in the latest Recipe Inspiration post I thought I might as well. If you try it I hope you find it as useful as I do.
I’m not too sure how long this stuff lasts because I use it up within a couple of weeks but it definitely stays good that long. Just add to a jar or air tight container and keep in the fridge.