But what it lacks in aesthetic qualities it makes up for in taste. If you've only had storebought tapenade, you'll be happily surprised by the vivid, fresh flavors of the homemade stuff. And it's so easy — pop everything in a food processor, blend and serve with crackers or chickpea socca, as I did here.
Kalamata Olive Tapenade with Shallots
makes about 1 1/2 cups
12 ounces pitted Kalamata olives, drained
2 anchovy fillets
1 clove garlic, minced
1 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons pine nuts, untoasted
1/4 cup fresh basil or oregano leaves
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Blend everything in a food processor until evenly combined. Serve with crackers or baguette slices. This will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
(Images: Faith Durand)