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Old 01-22-2015, 06:18 AM   #1
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Olives, cooking with?

I like olives, but have really only had them as a snack. I've had them also on pizza or sandwich, which I like.

I would like to try cooking with them, but I do not know the technique..

should I chop them up and saute like an onion?

I saw a tv show where the sort of Fried them whole.

To Me, olives are quite strong in flavor. Will cooked olives over-power the whole dish?

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Old 01-22-2015, 07:06 AM   #2
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We use both green and black olives in cooking. Picadillo is one of the first to come to mind.

Classic Cuban-Style Picadillo Recipe - Allrecipes.com

There are many versions, check them out.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:06 AM   #3
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Olives are good in tomato based sauces and soups.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:16 AM   #4
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Used a lot in Mediterranean and Cuban/Puerto rican recipes.
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Old 01-22-2015, 10:27 AM   #5
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I use olives in red sauces, especially lasagne.

That and martinis is about the only place they get used in my house.
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:10 AM   #6
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I usually add them towards the end of the cooking time and don't chop them as I think they are nice whole but it depends on the recipe to be fair. One thing though, I always make sure to remove the stones beforehand or buy stoned ones. Dentists are very expensive and I like my friends
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:46 AM   #7
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Since olives do have such a strong flavor, and a high salt content, they're usually used more as an accent than a primary ingredient. So you can just add them to things you're probably already making. Here are some examples to give you some ideas: All The Times Olives Made Eating Infinitely Better
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:13 PM   #8
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Olives, cooking with?

Nice website, GG! I recall eating some battered deep fried olives.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:54 PM   #9
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Wow, that website is a great find GG! I copied several recipes. The chicken dish with olives, lemon and capers looks especially good.

I love olives and often use black olives in Mexican cooking. When making tuna salad I always add diced stuffed green olives, so much nicer than pickles I think. Black olives on a pizza is a given.
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Old 01-22-2015, 01:42 PM   #10
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Yeah, olives are great to add for a "flavor burst" to dishes, but IMO are too salty to be the focus.

A buddy of mine made this dish on New Year's Eve where he took pitted olives, and "wrapped" a layer of spicy Italian sausage around them to make meat balls, and then cooked them. Not normally my kind of thing, but damn was that tasty!
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