What to do with leftover black olives

Black olives are a popular snack and often used in cooking to add flavour to dishes. Discover how you can use up leftover black olives here.

What to do with leftover black olives

Recipes using black olives

How to use up leftover black olives

  • Tapenade
    Whizz a large handful of pitted black olives with 1/2 garlic clove, chopped fresh thyme, lemon juice and a few glugs of olive oil. Season to taste and spread on toasted baguette as a snack.
  • Pasta sauce
    Heat some olive oil in a deep frying pan, then gently fry chopped onion and garlic until softened. Add fresh chopped tomatoes and a glass of white wine. Bring to a simmer, then reduce until thick and richly flavoured. Stir in chopped pitted black olives and a large handful of fresh basil leaves, then season to taste. Stir into cooked pasta with plenty of grated parmesan.
  • Olive and rosemary bread
    Make a basic bread dough (find a recipe at deliciousmagazine.co.uk). After the first rise, knock back the dough and knead in a handful of roughly chopped pitted black olives and 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary. Shape, prove and bake.

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