The world was not created in one day. So too your Jewish holiday and Shabbat meals. Prepping and cooking in advance is a must when it comes to entertaining for a large bunch. These marinated olives are the perfect appetizer for a scrumptious Shabbat lunch, especially accompanied with Syrian mazza such as lahamagine and kibbe . They are also perfect in the fridge for that unexpected guest.
SERVINGS: Makes 2 pounds
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds *
- 2 pounds of green and black olives, assorted (2 1/2 cups)
- 5 large garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
- Zest strips from 1 orange, cut into fine julienne
- About 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- In a small skillet, toast the fennel seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Rinse the olives in a large strainer; drain well. Transfer the olives to a medium bowl. Stir in the toasted fennel seeds, garlic, crushed red pepper and orange zest and add enough olive oil to cover. Let stand at room temperature for at least 4 hours before serving.
The olives can be refrigerated for up to 10 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Fennel Seed has a delicate flavor; light and sweet, similar to anise.