Good grief, is it really Friday already? I honestly forgot until I logged onto Facebook today and saw that my fellow Doristas were starting to post this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Herbed Olives, and thought, crap!, better get posting.
My excuse is that I am still focused on Thanksgiving. Since it is not a holiday here, we usually celebrate on Saturday by hosting the feast for friends. This means that I took off work today to start cleaning and prepping. It’s been a busy day but I now have cranberry sauce in the fridge, the pumpkin pie is made, and my turkey is happily brining. Can’t wait for tomorrow!
But until then, let’s talk about these olives. Dorie recommends that instead of buying pre-seasoned olives, buy plain ones and season them yourself. I’ll be honest, my first thought was, why? Seriously, varieties of seasoned and stuffed olives are available at every weekly market and self-respecting grocery store here in Frankfurt, so why would I make the effort to season them myself?
But being the good little Dorista that I am, I went out and picked up plain olives. Everything else I already had in my fridge. So I mixed everything together and threw it into a jar. The next day I tried one and was not overly impressed. And then I left on a business trip.
One week later I returned home, opened the fridge, and there were my olives, still marinating away. I opened up the jar and tried one, and oh my! They were really good. Really good! Suddenly I knew why one would bother to make their own seasoned olives. They are delicious and take almost no effort. I will be making these again.