Easy tapenade

This recipe is one of my "party pieces" and I make it regularly when I have people to supper as it's easy and incredibly good. I serve it with toasted pitta bread or the mini herbed muffins.  

I highly recommend you make this as it's so versatile and everyone will love it (unless they hate olives!). You can serve it with pre-dinner drinks or even with a main course (grilled chicken or fish).  I keep it in the fridge for a week or more and it improves with age!


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove peeled and finely chopped (I use 2 cloves!)

  • 1/2 fresh red chilli sliced (use more if you don't mind a kick!)

  • 3 tbsp capers

  • 1 x 50g anchovy fillets drained, reserving the oil

  • 250g pitted black olives (I use Kalamata or Spanish Aragon)

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano

  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon or to taste

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a pan heat the olive oil over a medium heat and fry the garlic and chilli until the garlic is a nice light golden colour. Leave to cool then tip into a food processor.

Process the garlic and chilli with the remaining ingredients to your preferred texxture, gradually adding the oil from the anchovies and lemon juice to taste. Add a grinding of pepper but be careful with the salt as the anchovies and the capers are quite salty already.

Serve as a dip or on thin toast.