Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bruschetta with Olivada

Having some friends over Saturday night for game night, I prepared some bruschetta.  One of my favorites is olivada.  Olivada is an olive spread, made with olives, olive oil and spices.  This one inspired by the Roman region, has a lovely lemon flavor.

This spread was a huge hit!!!  Everyone loved it and an entire double batch was gobbled up!!!  We also enjoyed Bruschetta with Mozzarella and Sun-Dried Tomatoes as well as Bruschetta with Ricotta and Roasted Red Peppers.  They all are divine and did not require a lot of work.  I highly recommend these!  Enjoy!

1 baguette French bread
1/4 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves

1  (6 ounce) can large, pitted, black olives, drained
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1 small clove garlic, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 400°.

Slice the baguette on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange slices on baking sheet.

Drizzle olive oil over slices of bread.

Place on the top rack in your oven.  Allow to bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven an rub each hot slice of toasted bread with the garlic cloves.  Set aside.

Place drained olives, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, basil, and chopped garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Blend mixture until chunky, scraping down the inside of the bowl, if necessary. 

Transfer the olivada to a small serving bowl and place bruschetta on a serving platter. Serve.


  1. Can't see any of the pics, but love olives. I would love this.

  2. This is what was served last night? Now I'm more bummed than usual to have missed out on it. :( This sounds delicious, Donna.

  3. Who ever invented bruschetat..praise to him:)And with olivado as you made it here..heavenly:)

  4. Sounds wonderful and easy to make -- would love it. Joni

  5. Never made my own olive spread before. Your recipe sounds tasty!

  6. I must try this olive spread. The chore will be getting it past my husband so the guests can actually sample some. ;)

  7. OH I am trying this! I always have to go buy olive tapande and it is so expensive and way too salty! This looks so good! I always serve mine with a side of cucumbers to give it a little crunch.

  8. the olive spread sounds good, have not tried this. Love this idea!


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