Mediterranean-inspired items often make memorable appetizers, and there’s never harm in spicing up a staple. So Donatella Arpaia’s no-fuss olives could become the hottest hors d’oeuvre at your holiday gathering.
That’s hot as in spicy, too. Simmering the olives in a saucepan will soften the texture, and the addition of Calabrian chili makes them pleasantly piquant.
“Much like if you heat up bread, it takes it to another level, heating olives takes them to another level too,” Donatella said.
In a small pan, combine the olives with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and Calabrian chili. Add Sherry or red wine vinegar. Gently warm the olives, tossing to disperse. Transfer to bowl.
This is the second in a series of Donatella’s tips for holiday entertaining.
Read the first post, Beautiful Food Presentation: Tips from Donatella, and see her favorite recipes in Donatella’s Holiday Feast.
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