Review: Olives from Spain and Omar Allibhoy Recipes

A couple of months ago, I introduced you to Olives from Spain, Taste of Spain Review. Olives from Spain brings a taste of sunshine to your home.

It is Spain’s geographical location that is key to its success in producing some of the world’s most delicious olives. The country’s Mediterranean climate and soil structure is perfect for growing and ripening olives.

Olives are an essential component of Spain’s Mediterranean diet. Not only are they good to eat but they have excellent nutritional qualities, are very easy to digest because of their fibre content and contain a good proportion of minerals.

I was sent a jar of Olives from Spain, Fragatta Pitted Green Spanish Olives to try out simple sophistication with Olives from Spain and Omar Allibhoy.

Spanish chef, Omar Allibhoy has worked with Olives from Spain to develop a range of delicious, juicy and effortlessly stylish olive marinades that can be mixed up in no time at all.

With minimal cooking time involved, the recipes are sure to impress friends and family whether they are served on their own, as a starter or to jazz up a main course.

With endless flavour combinations, all you need are a few simple ingredients to create a truly special dish for all to enjoy.

Spanish Green Olives Marinated in Oregano and Chillies

A fiery way to serve Spanish olives, with cayenne peppers and sprigs of fresh oregano that will only take 10 minutes to prepare and will serve 4 people.

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar or tin of green Spanish olives
  • 100 ml mild olive oil
  • 6 sprigs of fresh oregano
  • 6 dried cayenne peppers

Method:

  1. Drain the Spanish olives from the brine and place them in a bowl. Between your hands, rub the sprigs of oregano so they release their natural aromas, before sprinkling the sprigs over the olives in the bowl with the crushed chillies.
  2. Drizzle over the olive oil and then turn everything together to mix. Leave to stand for 20 minutes then enjoy the freshly marinated olives, or keep in the fridge for up to a month in a tightly sealed container

Spanish Green Olives, Sesame Seeds, Lemon Juice and Mint

A fresh mix of green olives, olive oil (try and get Spanish), sesame seeds, lemon and sprigs of mint that will be ready to serve 4 people in only 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar or tin of green Spanish olives
  • 100 ml mild olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 sprigs of mint
  • 3 sprigs of thyme

Method:

  1. Drain the olives from the brine and place them in a bowl with the olive oil. In a small pan, toast the sesame seeds over a high heat for one minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Add the hot seeds to the bowl. Rub the herbs between your hands and add them to the bowl. Dress with the juice of the lemon (you can even use the zest – the most aromatic part).
  3. Leave to stand for 20 minutes then enjoy the freshly marinated olives or keep in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for up to two weeks.

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