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Green olives with manchego, chorizo and melon

4 serves

11 jar or tin of queen olives

150g chorizo sausage, sliced

½ orange-fleshed cantaloupe melon

150g Machego cheese, cut into chunks

Basil leaves, to garnish

Method

First of all, drain the olives from the brine and place them in a bowl.

Next, heat a non-stick frying pan and add the slices of chorizo. Cook over a medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until the fat begins to run.

Meanwhile, use a melon baller to remove the flesh from the melon, and add to the olives with the Manchego cheese. (Alternatively, you could just cut the melon into chunks.)

Finally, remove the chorizo from the heat and tip on to the olive mixture. Serve at once, garnished with fresh basil leaves.

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Baby avocados stuffed with serrano ham and black olives

4 serves

12 black olives in olive oil or brine, drained and halved

50g Serrano ham, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons lemon-infused or basil-infused olive oil

4 baby avocados, halved, peeled and pitted

Few drops of balsamic vinegar

Freshly ground pepper

Basil leaves, to garnish

Method

First, mix together the black olives, Serrano ham and lemon or basil infused olive oil.

Then, arrange the avocado halves on a serving platter and spoon the olive mixture into them. Season with a little freshly ground black pepper.

Finally, serve, sprinkled with a few drops of balsamic vinegar and garnished with fresh basil leaves.

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Olive tabbouleh

4 serves

150g pitted green olives in brine, drained

150g pitted black olives in brine, drained

3 tablespoons lemon-infused or extra virgin olive oil

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange

350g bulgur wheat

600ml hot vegetable stock

1/2 cucumber, finely chopped

6 spring onions, finely chopped

3 tomatoes, deseeded and finely chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

First of all, chope the olives roughly and tip them into a serving bowl. Add, the olive oil, orange zest and orange juice and stir to mix.

Next, put the bulgur wheat into a saucepan and add te hot stock. Simmer for 5-6 minutes until swollen and tender. Then, drain and cool for 15-20 minutes.

Tip the bulgur wheat into the olive mixture and add the cucumber, spring onions, tomatoes, parsley and mint.

Finally, season and serve while barely warm, or cool completely and serve as a side salad or as part of packed lunch or picnic. Enjoy!

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Spanish baked eggs with olives

4 serves

150g black Hojiblanca olives

Olive oil to fry

1 large onion, finley chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

Good pinch chilli flakes

1 tsp coriander seeds, roughly crushed

600g large vine ripe tomatoes, chopped

4 piquillo peppers, sliced

Two large handfuls baby spinach

4 medium free range eggs

Method

First of all, heat the oven to 200c. fan 180c.

Next, in a frying pan heat a good layer of oil and gently fry the onion for 10 minutes until soft then add the garlic, chilli flakes and coriander seeds and cook for a couple of minutes before adding the tomatoes and peppers.

Cook over a low heat until the sauce is lovely and thick, about 10-15 minutes then add the spinach and allow to wilt then stir in the olives. Tip into an ovenproof terracotta dish.

Make 4 hollows in the sauce and crack an egg into each. Pop the dish into the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the eggs are just set. Serve straight away. Enjoy!

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Black olive tapenade and goat’s cheese croustades

4 serves

200g pitted black olives in brine or olive oil, drained

220g jar whole piquillo peppers, drained

2 tablespoons capers in brine, drained

Handful of basil leaves, plus extra, to garnish

3 tablespoons olive oil

12 thin slices crusty bread, toasted

150g goat's cheese, sliced

Olive oil, for drizzling

Freshly ground black pepper

Method

Firstly, put the olives and piquillo pepper into blender or food processor with the capers, basil leaves and olive oil and blend until smooth. If you prefer, you can blend for less time for a rough-textured tapenade.

Then, tip the tapenade into a bowl and season with freshly ground black pepper.

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/fan oven 170ºC/gas mark 5.

Next, spread some of the tapenade on to the slices of crusty bread and arrange them on a baking sheet. Put a piece of goat’s cheese on top, drizzle with a little olive oil and season with black pepper. Bake for 10-20 minutes.

Serve, garnished with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!

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Cucumber, mint and olive raita

A lovely starter or nibble
serves

Spanish sliced black Olives - 10pcs

Cucumber, halved, seeded, coarsely grated - 1pc

Plain whole-milk yogurt - 100gr

Chopped fresh mint -15g

Ground cumin - 5pcs

Method

Recipe to be prepared at least two hours prior to be served.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Wrap grated cucumber in kitchen towel and squeeze dry.
Whisk yogurt, mint, cumin, and cayenne pepper in medium bowl to blend.
Add cucumbers, olives and toss to coat. Season raita to taste with salt and
pepper.
Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Before serving sprinkle the raita with pinch of cayenne pepper and serve.