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Green Olive & Almond Spread

July/August 2007

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Serve this simple but unique spread with zucchini or cucumber rounds or fire-toasted thin baguette slices.


Green Olive & Almond Spread Recipe

Makes: 1/2 cup, for 6 appetizer servings

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pitted briny green olives
  • 1/4 cup Marcona almonds, or other almonds, toasted (see Ingredient Note and Kitchen Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Combine olives, almonds, tarragon and lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse until roughly chopped. Add oil in a steady stream and process just until the oil is absorbed. (Alternatively, finely chop the olives, almonds and tarragon by hand and combine with lemon juice and oil in a medium bowl.) The spread should have a coarse but easily spoonable texture. Let stand for about 30 minutes for the flavor to develop.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Ingredient note: Spanish Marcona almonds have recently become more popular and more available. They're a little flatter than ordinary almonds, with a richer flavor. Always skinned, most Marcona almonds have already been sautéed in oil and lightly salted when you get them.
  • Kitchen Tip: To toast almonds, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving: 71 calories; 7 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 147 mg sodium; 7 mg potassium.

Exchanges: 1 1/2 fat


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