Fragrant Warm Olive appetizer

Recently a friend served these fragrant olives and other appetizers before dinner. Olive oil, herbs, and seasonings combined to give these olives a decadent punch of flavour. The dinner was great, but I would have been happy to eat these olives and bread all night!

The olives pair nicely with a variety of cheeses, charcuterie and other simple appetizers like roasted sweet peppers or tomato salad. It’s a simple, quick and delicious recipe that can be made ahead and reheated before guests arrive. Just don’t tell them it was so easy to make 😉


You can increase the olive oil used in this recipe and serve with a few pieces of crusty bread that you can dip in the fragrant olive oil.

*Carla’s tip*: For a boost of flavour and colour use a wide variety of olives, found at your local grocery store.


Warm Olives Appetizer

  • Servings: 4-6
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    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 3 to 4 twigs of rosemary, loosely broken up
    • 3 to 4 twigs of thyme, loosely chopped
    • Peel from one orange
    • Peel from one lemon
    • 3 cups (750 mL) variety of olives
    • 2 to 3 chopped hot peppers


  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) each of orange and lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) each chopped rosemary and thyme



  1. In a skillet or saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the garlic for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the garlic begins to turn golden brown.
  2. Add the rosemary, thyme, orange and lemon peel, continuing to cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until flavours are well combined.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add olives, stirring to distribute the flavourings with the olives. Return the pan to the stove and cook over medium-low heat for 10  minutes or until olives are warmed through.
  4. If you have time, cover the olives and set aside until ready to serve.
  5. Just before serving (heat olives if they have cooled) place olives in a serving dish and garnish with orange and lemon zest and chopped rosemary and thyme.


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