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Spiced Olives

Total Time
11 min
10 min
1 min
Making these olives to serve at a party? You can prepare this recipe up to 3 days ahead – just refrigerate, covered, until you're ready to serve. Bring the olives to room temperature 30 minutes before the guests start arriving. The flavours of orange zest, rosemary, and fennel, plus the heat of the red pepper flakes make these olives a perfect nibble to serve with cocktails. Keep a batch in the fridge and you'll always be ready if guests pop by. To easily cut the peel from oranges without including the bitter white pith, use a good-quality Y-shaped vegetable peeler. A sharp paring knife can also be used. If any pith comes along with the peel, carefully use the sharp paring knife to cut it away from the peel and discard.


Extra virgin olive oil

4 tsp(s)

Orange zest

2 strip(s), 1-inch wide, do not include pith


1 tsp(s)

Fennel seed

½ tsp(s)

Crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp(s)


¾ pound(s), about 2 1/4 cups mixed olives with pits


  1. In a small glass dish, combine oil, orange peel, rosemary, fennel seeds and red pepper flakes; microwave for 45 seconds for oil to infuse with flavours.
  2. In a medium serving bowl, toss together olives and warm oil mixture; serve warm or at room temperature.
  3. Serving size: 9 olives