Moroccan Spiced Olives

Simmer your olives in cumin, garlic, and crushed red pepper then add a spritz of zippy lemon juice to finish.

  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Yields: 3 cups
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 2 mins to 3 mins
  • Chill: Up to 7 days
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Moroccan Spiced Olives
cups top-quality green olives (about 1 pound)
large lemon
1 1/4
cups olive oil
tablespoon coriander seeds
tablespoon cumin seeds
plump cloves garlic, thinly sliced
teaspoon crushed red pepper or 3 dried hot chiles, broken in a few pieces
  1. Put the olives in a medium bowl. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the lemon in long strips (avoiding the white pith). Add the lemon zest to the olives, then squeeze the juice from the lemon and pour that over the olives as well. Set aside,
  2. Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add the coriander seeds and cumin seeds and cook, stirring often, until aromatic and just lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the spices and their oil over the olives. Add the remaining 1 cup olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper; stir gently to evenly mix all the ingredients, then cover the bowl and refrigerate up to 7 days. Stir the olives a couple times each day.
  3. About 1 hour before serving, take the olives from the refrigerator and transfer them to one large serving bowl or a few small serving bowls. Set out a small dish, too, for the olive pits.
Nutrition Facts (Moroccan Spiced Olives)
    Per serving:
  • 78 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 573 mg sodium,
  • 2 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 0 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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