Lucca-Style Roasted Olives

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo


Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionBuffet, Cocktail Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Courseantipasto/mezze, hors d'oeuvre

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian


Taste and Texturegarlicky, herby, juicy, salty


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 large cloves garlic, unpeeled, lightly crushed
  • 5 or 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 pint (about 2 cups) oil-cured black olives
  • ½ pint (about 1 cup) Nicoise or Arbequina olives
  • 4 orange zest strips


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Cook the olive oil and garlic cloves in an ovenproof skillet over moderate heat until the cloves begin to sizzle and caramelize lightly. Add the thyme sprigs and let them sizzle in the oil for about 30 seconds. Add the olives and stir until they are hot throughout, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the orange zest.

  3. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake, stirring occasionally, until the olives start to soften, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve warm.


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