A staple ingredient in Mediterranean cooking, olives come in all shapes, sizes and colours meaning there is a variety to appeal to most palettes in selected olive recipes.
As well as being extremely diverse they are equally versatile when it comes to cooking. Whether ground up into spreads, chopped into salads tossed into stews are simply enjoyed in a cocktail or eaten whole.
What olives bring to the kitchen are complex aromas from sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent flavors that can elevate and define any number of dishes.
Here are 6 olive recipes to tempt you into the delights of cooking with olives, from baking them into bread to some truly Mediterranean inspired dishes with meatballs, peppers and more.
What better way to enjoy a traditional Italian bread than studded with tasty olives.
Black olives add another dimension to these Mexican style quesadillas with goat's cheese.
Green olives are an essential addition to this classic much loved Mediterranean dish.
SPAGHETTONI WITH NOLCHE OLIVES, LEMON SCENTED TOMATOES AND OREGANO FROM VENDICARI BY ALESSANDRO NEGRINI FABIO PISANI
An exclusive pasta recipe prepared by Italian chefs Negrini and Pisani during S.Pellegrino event at Fuorisalone: spaghettoni with Nolche black olives.
These wholesome tasty stuffed peppers are topped off with a black olive sauce addding extra depth of flavour to the dish.