About the Recipe
Welcome foodies to my creamy olive tapenade recipe! If you're a fan of olives, you're going to love this dish. This recipe combines the rich, bold flavor of kalamata olives with the creamy goodness of cream cheese, and adds a tangy kick with capers and freshness with parsley. The result is a flavorful and addictive dip that will elevate any appetizer spread, sandwich, or even pasta dishes.
This tapenade is perfect for entertaining, but it's also easy to make and a great snack to have on hand for whenever those salty cravings hit. The cream cheese makes it extra creamy and indulgent, while the capers add a briny bite that balances out the richness. The parsley adds a pop of color and freshness that makes the flavors really sing.
Whether you're a seasoned olive lover or just looking to expand your palate, this creamy olive tapenade is a must-try. It's versatile, delicious, and guaranteed to impress your guests. So grab some crackers or bread, and get ready to indulge in this addictive dip!
2 cups Kalamata Olives (pitted)
1 cup Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Flat Leaf Parsley (fresh)
1 clove Garlic
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Capers
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Zest
What I love about making this recipe is how quick and easy it can all come together. Simply add the olives, parsley, garlic, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil to a blender or food processor.
Blend until everything is well combined. You may have to pulse it to get all the chunks incorporated, or stop it here and there to push the ingredients back down with a rubber spatula.
When combined add the cream cheese. Pulse and blend again until you reach a smooth creamy consistency.
You can always add more lemon juice or oil if you prefer it to be not as thick.
This tapenade is also amazing without the cream cheese. It has a stronger kick to it without the cool creamy balance of the soft cheese, but if you love olives the way I do, you'll like that variation too.
What I love about this recipe is how delicious and versatile it is. Test it out with different olives or substitute the cream cheese for sour cream. Eat it on a slice of baguette, with tortilla chips, or add it to pasta. Perfect as an easy meal or dip for a party. This tapenade is sure to be a hit!