Estelle Rea - Aug 29, 2019

What is a Tapenade and 7 Ways to Use It!

Tapenade is a staple in our family kitchen. So, we wanted to share some of our favorite ways to use it with the rest of our Queen Creek Olive Mill family!

What exactly is a tapenade?

Tapenade is an incredibly versatile accompaniment most commonly found in the form of a spread or dip. The word ‘tapenade’ comes from the French Provençal word for capers (‘tapenos’). However, the Italians were the first to have a written recipe of the spread way back in the first century AD.

Now that we are familiar with what exactly is a tapenade, here are 7 ways to use it...

Crostini with Manchego

These crostini’s make the perfect appetizers for a pre-meal teaser or contribution to bring to a get-together with friends. Pair our Spanish Olive Tapenade with a slice of Manchego Cheese atop a lightly toasted slice of baguette, and everyone will thank you for it.

Pasta Sauce

Although this may sound too simple to be real, don't be fooled! Add a spoonful or two of our Sundried Tomato & Herb Tapenade along with some extra virgin olive oil on low heat in a pan and season as you please to create a deliciously uncomplicated and impressive pasta sauce.

Grilled Chicken Enhancer

Who doesn't want an easy way to spice up your classic grilled chicken? Add a dollop of Caramelized Red Onion & Fig Tapenade to your grilled chicken, and it's as simple as that!

Mediterranean Salad with Garbanzo Beans

Slice up some cucumbers and tomatoes, combine with garbanzo beans, feta cheese, and Muffuletta Tapenade. Finish it off with a drizzle of EVOO and white balsamic and salt and pepper.

Hummus Topper

Yes, add a scoop of Sweet Red Pepper Olive Tapenade to your favorite hummus, and it will suddenly become your new favorite hummus!

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Place two tablespoons of our Artichoke & Roasted Garlic Tapenade into a big, juicy mushroom and grill or bake it for a delicious and healthy meal!

Avocado Toast

Everyone enjoys a good avocado toast, but everyone LOVES an avocado toast with Asiago Parmesan Tapenade! The Asiago Parmesan Tapenade elevates it by adding extra texture and a delicious savory flavor!

How do you use our Tapenades in the kitchen?
Let us know in the comments below :)

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Written by Estelle Rea