New Year’s Easy: Marinated Olives with Garlic and Herbs

Marinated Olives with Garlic and Herbs
A thoughtful, festive party doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, sometimes it pays to put together a simple party menu, playing up great ingredients and sophisticated flavors. If you’re entertaining on New Year’s Eve, consider easy appetizer recipes like an opulent cheese plate, smoked salmon, an easy dip, and these effortless marinated olives.

Homemade marinated olives give you the ultimate control, with fresh herbs and spices imbuing the olives with exceptional flavor. In a hurry? Make the olives two hours ahead, and let them sit at room temperature. You can also make them days ahead of time, letting them marinate in the fridge.

Marinated Olives with Garlic and Herbs

Marinated Olives with Garlic and Herbs
serves four

Since our NYE celebration will include small children, I opted for pitted olives; for the best marinated olive flavor, select your favorite un-pitted varieties.

1 cup mixed olives
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
2 large rosemary sprigs
2 thyme sprigs
2 inch section of lemon peel
1 teaspoon black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic cloves, rosemary, thyme, lemon peel, and black pepper. Heat ingredients for 7 – 10 minutes, or until fragrant and warm. Add the olives, stir to combine, and remove from heat. Let olives marinate at room temperature for two hours or longer; otherwise, cover and chill olives in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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