With Mardi Gras wrapping up today, I though a couple of recipes inspired by the flavors of New Orleans would be fun to share! Once a year, I start getting hungry for the New Orleans classic: the Muffuletta. It’s a huge sandwich with olive salad, salami, ham and cheeses. But this year, I put a twist on my go-to recipe and turned it into a hearty dip instead! It’s the perfect portion size for then you’re craving just a little of one of these extra-large sandwiches, and it’s an easy recipe to make up for a party. I partnered with Olives from Spain to create this adapted recipe – and if you’re a fan of olives like I am, then this is a must-add to your party recipe collection right now. Really. I promise.
It’s a cream cheese and sour cream base with real Olives from Spain and salami, making it a great choice if you’re serving hors d’oeuvres rather than a full meal, and it packs all the flavor of the full-sized sandwich, on bite-sized crackers. What’s even better is that it’s not your usual party dip, so you’re sure to grab your guests’ attention!
- ½ cup pimento-stuffed green olives
- ¼ cup ripe black olives
- 1 clove minced garlic
- ¼ cup jardiniere
- 1 tablespoon drained capers
- ¼ cup drained pepperoncini
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 ounces chopped Genoa salami
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup softened cream cheese
- Soften cream cheese, and mix with sour cream in to make the dip base.
- Chop olives, jardiniere, pepperoncini, salami, and mozzarella. Stir in capers, garlic, and powdered seasoning. Drain again, if necessary.
- Fold olive salad into the cream cheese mixture. Serve on crackers or with sliced bread.
Now, I don’t know about you, but in our house, a cocktail party just isn’t complete without a signature cocktail for the evening. SO recipe number two today is for a fantastic Cajun Bloody Mary with extra garnish – including shrimp, celery, and Olives from Spain! Nothing says New Orleans to me like Cajun flavors, and this spicy drink delivers.
- 2 ox. vodka
- 6 oz. tomato juice
- 1 tsp. cajun seasoning mix
- 1 tsp. horseradish
- 1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
- Garnish: olives, celery and cocktail shrimp
- Optional: Rim with a 1:1 mixture of salt and cajun seasoning
- Rub the rim of a mason jar or highball glass with olive juice, and crust with salt or a 1:1 mixture of salt and cajun seasoning, if you like a kick.
- Shake together vodka, tomato juice, horseradish, worcestershire sauce, and seasoning mix. Pour over ice.
- Skewer olives, shrimp, and celery for an all-in garnish. Enjoy!
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Are you in the South Beach area, or will you be for the Wine and Food Festival? If you are, be sure to stop by the Olives from Spain station to sample some tasty bites! The event is expecting approximately 18,000 attendees at the country’s premier festival.
Are you doing anything to celebrate Mardi Gras today? Or do you have any favorite olive recipes to share? I have to confess – my very favorite olive recipe is to open a can of green olives and just enjoy!
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