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Five starters with olives to surprise your guests on Christmas

November 27, 2018

Christmas is almost here. We can smell fireplaces smoke in the air and see the lights all across the streets. It is that time of the year when we spend most of our time surrounded by family and friends. These meetings usually take place around the table and it is true that we all like to surprise our guests when they visit us. So, what a better surprise than a great starter with olives? Easy but tasty.

1.Grilled Olives with Manchego

Level of difficulty: Low                                            Servings: 8 people                                       Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: 24 pitted Queen olives, 100 grams Manchego cheese, 2 garlic cloves, 1 shallot, minced rosemary, thyme, extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon sugar.

Start by draining the Queen olives using a paper towel. Meanwhile, cut the Manchego cheese into small pieces of 2.5 cm and stuff every olive with these pieces.

In a bowl combine the garlic, shallots, herbs, sugar, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and olive oil. Then skew the Manchego stuffed olives on to a skewer (three to a piece). Cover them in the marinade and sit for 4-8 hours so that flavours mix well.

Once marinated, grill the olives over high heat until they start to soften and the Manchego cheese starts to melt slightly inside. Finally, serve them along with some good crusty bread that’s been grilled alongside the olives.

 

2.Maize cakes with tomato oil and anchovies

Level of difficulty: Low                                          Servings: 3 people                                          Preparation time: 25 minutes

Ingredients for the olives: 10 pitted black olives, 1 grated tomato, anchovies, fresh basil or oregano, virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Ingredients for the cakes: 75g of maize flour, 25g of wheat flour, virgin olive oil.

How to prepare the cakes:

Mix the maize, the wheat flour and the salt and add a little water. Knead until the dough no longer sticks to the hands and can be pressed with a finger without breaking apart. Make it rest. Mass into little balls and flatten with fingertips, passing from one  to another. Cook in a frying pan with a little olive oil and set aside.

Mix the grated tomato with the oil, oregano or basil, salt and pepper and we recommend to soak the anchovies in water for a few minutes to reduce the saltiness. Serve the cakes with an anchovy on top or a teaspoonful of tomato oil and a few slices of olive. Garnish with chives.

A unique way to surprise your guests!

 

3.Green Olives tapenade

Level of difficulty: Low                                    Servings: 4 people                                               Preparation time: <10 minutes

Ingredients: 150 grams pitted Manzanilla green olives, 70 grams goat cheese, 70 grams fresh cheese, 1 garlic clove, olive oil, thyme and salt.

First, mince the 2 types of cheese and add a peeled and well-chopped garlic clove, the thyme, oil and salt. Blend until getting a cheese cream and then chop the olives into small pieces and mix them with the cheese. Keep it into the fridge until serving time. Easy as that!

 

4. Lollipop with marinated octopus and Gordal Olives from Spain

Level of difficulty: Medium                               Servings: 4 people                                               Preparation time: 3,15 hours

Ingredients: 1 cup green pitted Gordal olives, 1 small octopus, 1 chopped red onion, 2 bay leaves, 6 piquillo peppers, red onion finely diced, cup capers, juice of 2 lemons, sea salt to taste, freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Preheat the oven to 350ºC. Place the octopus, along with the onion and bay leaves in a pan and roast it for 3 hours. Once the octopus is cooked, cut its tentacles and the piquillo peppers into small pieces. In a bowl, mix the piquillo peppers and octopus tentacles with the finely diced red onion and capers. Then add the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, cut the Gordal olives into halves and, on small skewers slide on a halved Gordal olive, a piece of octopus and another halved Gordal olive.

 

5. Devilled eggs with Olives from Spain

Level of difficulty: Low                                       Servings: 3 people                                                   Preparation time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 45 grams Hojiblanca Olives, 20 grams Manzanilla Olives, 2 sliced Gordal Olives with pepper, 6 drops of Tabasco, 3 drops of Worcestershire sauce, 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 small tender onion, 3 boiled eggs, fresh parsley, salt and pepper.

Boil the 3 eggs in water with a splash of vinegar. On the other hand, chop and slice the three types of Olives from Spain. Divide the eggs into two parts and remove the egg yolk. Combine in a bowl the egg yolks, the olives, the chopped onion, Tabasco and fresh parsley, salt and pepper. Put the mayonnaise and stir well. Stuff the eggs with the mixture and serve with some sliced Olives from Spain on top. Yummy!

These five recipes are just an example of infinite possibilities.  Olives from Spain allow you a countless number of dishes to be made. Enjoy!

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Four charming places in Spain to spend Christmas

December 10, 2018

Even though Spain is famous for its warm weather and the amazing beach holidays, the country still has a lot to offer during winter time. Indeed, Spain’s landscape is full of mountains which are covered in snow during this time of the year.

 

However, a good thing about this beautiful country is that you can find different temperatures depending on which part you are visiting and an olive snack all around the country. This is due to its big extension and its location in-between the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean region. So, snow is not the only thing you can find around.

 

If you are looking for a charming place to spend your Christmas holidays, we recommend checking the ideas we are going to show ahead.

 

Let’s discover interesting and not-so-popular destinations in Spain!

 

Alcántara, Extremadura

 

This town located close to the border with Portugal has an extensive cultural heritage and is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. Even though its most famous spot is the Alcántara roman bridge, this village is also perfect for hiking. Tajo river international natural park is a must if you decide to visit the area. After the hike, you can recharge batteries with some Olives from Spain!

 

 

Vielha

 

The perfect spot for a snow getaway during Christmas. We recommend spending the day in Baqueira Beret, one of the most important skiing stations in the country. At night visiting one of the multiple restaurants in the area, which offer delicious and warm traditional food.

 

 

Segovia

 

For those who prefer a more cultural trip, Segovia is the perfect location, although you shouldn’t expect warm temperatures. Visiting the most famous aqueduct in Spain is a must, but no less important is enjoying a meal called

“Cochinillo” or roast suckling pig. Moreover, this combines perfectly with olives! A great way to fight the cold after walking around all morning.

 

 

Valle de Benasque

 

Centre and heart of Spanish Pyrenees, this incredible spot will leave you speechless. Even though skiing is one of the main activities in the area, you can find around a lot of hotels with amazing SPAs. Escape from the noise of the city and relax with a steam bath while enjoying the views from the other side of the window. Try to snack on some olives to improve the experience!

 

 

Las Palmas

 

If after all you still prefer warm temperatures, we recommend flying to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. An extraordinary combination of traditional Christmas activities and sunny weather, around 21º degrees during this time of the year. Don’t forget to go seeing the “Belen de Arena” at the beach of Las Canteras, a different look of this Spanish tradition.

 

 

So, as you can see, it has a little bit of everything. Now you don’t have any excuse not to visit this beautiful country during winter. Even if you don’t enjoy the common cold weather of these months, Spain has an option for you!

 

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Three typical Christmas Markets around Spain

December 17, 2018

It’s Christmas in Spain and the season for Spanish traditions such as munching on turrón, Christmas lottery or heading to the best Christmas markets in Spain to do some holiday shopping.

 

Here are some of the most well known Christmas markets in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville to visit, that typically run from around the end of November up until early January.

 

Christmas markets in Spain are all about lights, sweets and nativity scenes, giant Christmas trees and the sweet smell of caramelizing almonds to the tune of festive holiday music.

 

Here’s our pick of the top 3 magical Christmas markets in Spain.

 

Fira de Santa Llúcia, Barcelona

 

The “Fira de Santa Llúcia” is the oldest and biggest Christmas market in Barcelona and probably the most popular in Spain. Hosted every year in front of the Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic district, earliest records of the market date back to 1786. In recent years, Fira de Santa Llúcia has had close to 300 stalls selling souvenirs such as Nativity figures and other traditional Spanish Christmas activities for adults and children. This sweeping market is bursting with traditional Christmas food and few oddities that you’ll only find here in Catalonia. An olive snack to go and a nice group of friends to visit the market, remember it runs from 24th November to 23rd December.

 

 

Madrid’s main Christmas Market

 

Madrid’s main Christmas Market fills the grand Plaza Mayor since 1860 with twinkle lights, Christmas music and wonderful smells. One of the biggest in Spain, it has 104 booths, selling everything from figurines for the Nativity scenes (Belén) to handmade toys alongside fancy dress costumes and joke items ready for Día de Los Santos Inocentes – Spain’s version of April Fools’ Day – on 28th December. The market runs from November 24th until December 31st.

 

 

Artisan Christmas Market, Seville

 

The city of Seville goes all out with the “Artisan Christmas Market”, which runs from 15th December to 5th January in Plaza Nueva. The Spanish Christmas market is dedicated to seasonal local crafts in the characteristic Andalusian style.
Also “Feria del Belén” a Spanish Christmas market focusing only on ornaments for Belén (Nativity scenes) and Christmas trees, is one of the most visited Christmas markets in Spain of its kind where you can buy anything from Mary, Joseph and The Three Kings. Located in the historic centre, near the Cathedral it runs from November 18th to December 23rd.

 

 

The cities are filled with coloured lights, Christmas carols are playing on the TV, and in the shop windows, hundreds of gold and red ornaments highlight their products. But the time spent with family and friends are the most important Christmas tradition in Spain. Families gathered together for Christmas’ Eve and Christmas Day is the most typical Christmas scene in Spain, with olives snack of course.

 

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Where to go when Winter comes

December 28, 2018

Spain is the world’s third most popular destination, characterized by a great variety of places to visit, amazing food and the welcoming character of its inhabitants.

 

This doesn’t change during Winter. Spain has a lot to offer despite the cold weather and you will still find people enjoying an olive snack at the bar terrace. Neither cold weather or snow stops the hectic pace of this beautiful country.

 

From skiing in the Pyrenees to relaxing in the steam bath. The best winter escapades in Spain!

 

Baqueira Beret

Baqueira Beret, located in Vall d’Aran, is a destination where visitors can do diverse ski activities. However, although this famous ski station has 2,166 hectares and ski lifts with a transport capacity of 60,683 people per hour, there is much more to explore in the area.

 

We recommend, especially after a day of skiing, to immerse yourself in sulphurous waters in some of the facilities that are close to the springs. An excellent option is the highest SPA in Europe, called “Termas de la Baronia”. However, almost every high- end hotel includes a SPA as part of its amenities.

 

You can’t either miss a “Ruta de Pinchos”, a route in which the visitor can enjoy small portions of the most exquisite food in the area. The perfect opportunity to enjoy some authentic Olives from Spain!

 

 

Abodi-Irati-Navarra

When the first snows arrive, this area becomes a paradise for Nordic skiing lovers. This Nordic ski centre located in the border with France possesses several circuits marked for both the ride and the training.

 

The freedom and the high chance of observing wild fauna are the main attractions of the station.

 

 

Navacerrada

The perfect spot, not just for skiing, but also for trekking and enjoying the best traditional Spanish food. The ski resort of “Puerto de Navacerrada” is the closest one to the capital and has become an essential place for winter sports’ lovers.

 

Moreover, the town of Navacerrada, in the National Park of the Sierra de Guadarrama at 1,200 meters of altitude, offers a great variety of activities for those who enjoy spending time in nature. You can take a walk along the reservoir while enjoying the water and its views, a suitable option if you travel with children.

 

 

Sierra Nevada

The ski resort of Sierra Nevada is one of the biggest attractions in Granada and of course, a great destination if you decide to visit Spain during winter. Those who enjoy ski will love it because here is where the highest peak of the Iberian Peninsula, “Pico Mulhacen” is situated, at 3,480 meters of altitude!

 

An escapade to Granada city is a great idea during winter to avoid the overcrowding of summer and the high prices. Everyone knows that visiting “la Alhambra” is a must regardless of the season.

 

 

Moreover, the 2nd of January this beautiful city commemorates the entrance of the Catholic Monarchs in Granada, the delivery of the city and the beginning of a new era in the History of Spain. You will be able to enjoy a typical winter dish known as “the pot of San Antón”. But Olives will also be all around!

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to see a more unknown part of Spain, a different experience from the typical beach and pool vacation!

 

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Seasoning, the best way to enjoy winter indoors

January 7, 2019

Winter time, Christmas, family, traditional cooking and good eating. A perfect summing up for this season an amazing excuse for Olives from Spain, a snack for any occasion. Let yourself be surprised by the recipes showed below:

 

Black olives with chocolate, extra virgin olive oil and basil

Taste: Sweet           Style: Funny      Season: Winter       Preparation time: 4 minutes

 

Ingredients:
Black olives, extra virgin olive oil, milk chocolate topping and basil.

 

Elaboration:
Dehydrate the olives in the oven (200º) for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, we chop the basil and mix it with olive oil. On the other hand, we grate and we reserve the milk chocolate topping aside. We remove the olives from the oven and mix them with basil oil. Let it cool and place in a container. We finish with the chocolate zest.

 

Tip: Enjoy with a black beer.

 

Best time: After lunch or dinner and before dessert.

Green olives with honey and salted anchovies

Taste: Salty       Style: Cheeky         Season: Winter        Preparation time: 3 minutes

 

Ingredients: Green olives from Spain, salted anchovies, rosemary honey and chives.

 

Elaboration:
Cut the salted anchovies into dices and mix them with the olives. Then add the honey rosemary and chopped chives very thin. Stir well and, this is it! Easy!

 

Tip: if the honey is very dense add a splash of albariño.

 

Best time: When making a stop along the way on any trip by car.

Iberian Queen Olives

Taste: Sweet          Style: Cheeky             Season: Winter            Preparation time: 4 minutes

 

Ingredients: Queen olives from Spain, 25g of Iberian ham, extra virgin olive oil, 30g of tomatoes and a Granny Smith apple.

 

Elaboration:
First of all, we are gonna chop the main ingredients and in a bowl, we mix the apple, cut in 1×1 cubes and the Iberian ham
in juliana. We add the olives and we water with a generous trickle of olive oil. We place it on a plate and decorate with the seeds of the tomato that we have previously extracted carefully with a spoon.

 

Tip: Always use Iberian ham at room temperature to appreciate all its nuances.

 

Best time: Ideal to snack between hours.

Queen Olives with piparrana ciezana

Ingredients: Queen olives from Spain, cod, tender onion, a chilli pepper, 3 ñoras (sweet pepper), mature tomato, extra virgin olive oil and parsley.

 

Elaboration: Roast the cod and crumble. On the other hand, clean and chop finely the onion. Also lightly roast the ñora and mince it. Peel the tomato and cut in small dice. Finally, chop the parsley and mix all the ingredients with the olives and let it marinate.

 

Tip: The ñoras can be lightly toasted in the microwave. Onion, ñora and chilli they can be processed with a chopper.

 

Best time: At any time of the day.

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Four Recipes to have a Good Winter

January 14, 2019

Even during winter, in Spain, you will always find people enjoying an olive snack at the bar terrace. More living outdoors is a Mediterranean rule that you should never break, but also sharing time with family and friends gathered around the table is another Mediterranean must. Enjoy a tasteful cuisine anytime with a simple option for fresh and healthy ingredients like Olives from Spain. Take a look below!

 

1.Roasted chicken with lemon and olives

This dish highlights the strength of Olives from Spain by pairing Manzanilla olives with baked chicken. Rich, flavorful and lasting, this recipe is rustic and fresh with hints of citrus accents.

 

Ingredients:

 

– 4 chicken breasts

– Manzanilla olives from Spain

– Preserved lemons thinly sliced

– Lemon juice, rosemary

– Parsley leaves

– Olive oil, salt and pepper.

 

Elaboration:

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed, sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. When hot, add the chicken breasts skin side down. Cook until skin is golden brown and the skin is crispy about 4-5 minutes.

Flip chicken breasts over, add the rosemary sprigs to the pan and place the entire pan in the oven. Cook until the chicken is just cooked through, about 10-12 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 150 degrees internally.

Remove the chicken from the pan, add the Manzanilla olives, preserved lemons, lemon juice, parsley, and about 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil to the pan, this will be the sauce.

Divide the chicken between four plates, heat the sauce over medium heat and spoon evenly over the chicken breasts.
Serve while hot and enjoy with a vegetable side such as roasted onions or carrots. Enjoy the meal!

 

 

2. Salmon with Olives from Spain

This dish gives a hearty kick to the rich and elegant taste of salmon with lentils and Queen olives.

 

Ingredients

 

– 4 portions of salmon

– Pitted and chopped Queen olives

– Pre-cooked lentils

– Chicken stock

– Minced shallots, carrots and leeks

– Finely diced bacon

– Minced chives

– A lemon

– Olive oil, salt and pepper.

 

Elaboration:

 

For the Lentils:

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a high-sided pot over medium heat. Add the bacon, shallots, carrots, and leeks. Cook until some of the fat from the bacon has rendered and the bacon is starting to get crispy.
Add the lentils and chicken stock, bring to a boil and add salt and pepper if needed.
Once seasoning is adjusted, add Queen olives and chives and keep warm until ready to serve.

 

For the Salmon:

Season the salmon with salt and pepper. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add about 1/4 cup olive oil. When very hot, add the salmon and cook until both sides are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
Set aside on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. And finally, divide the warm lentils between four warm plates. Dinner is ready and delicious!

 

 

3.Roasted Swordfish with Manzanilla Olives

 

This dish highlights the strength of Olives from Spain by pairing Manzanilla olives with roasted swordfish. Rich, flavorful and lasting, this recipe is rustic and fresh with hints of citrus accents.

 

Ingredients:

 

– 4 portions of swordfish

– Manzanilla olives from Spain

– Peeled cherry tomatoes in juice

– Capers

– Sliced garlic

– Juice of two lemons

– Parsley leaves

– Olive oil, salt and pepper

 

Elaboration:

 

For the Sauce:
Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a high sided pot over medium heat. Peel and slice the garlic and add it to the warm oil. Then, sauté until the garlic is tender, not browned, add the tomatoes and cook until the tomato liquid is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Add the Manzanilla olives, capers, the juice of one lemon, parsley, and salt and pepper if needed. Set aside and keep warm until the swordfish is cooked.

 

For the Swordfish:
Season the swordfish with salt and pepper. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add about 1/4 cup olive oil. When very hot add the swordfish and cook until both sides are golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
Finally just as the swordfish comes out of the sauté pan, divide the sauce between four warm dinner plates. Place one piece of fish on each plate, squeeze some lemon on each piece of fish and serve while hot. Everybody will be surprised and amazed, enjoy!

 

 

4.Sautéed runner beans with olives and sesame

A really tasty vegetarian option to please and satisfy all the pallates, combining two types of our delicious Olives from Spain, queen and black olives from Spain.

 

Ingredients:

 

– Queen olives from Spain with peppers

– Black olives from Spain

– Bacon strips

– 400g runner beans

– Sesame seeds

– Olive oil and kecap manis sauce.

 

Elaboration:
First of all, blanch the runner beans in boiling water and sauté the bacon together in the pan until golden brown. Add the tasty black olives from Spain and the previously chopped queen olives with pepper. Then, add the kecap manis sauce, still in the warm pan and stir correctly and finally add the sesame seeds. An amazing and nutritive dish to share.