Warmed Mixed Olives and Artichokes

Simple, but quite addictive!

I often make an olive and artichoke tapenade at gatherings. It is always well received, and any leftovers keep for quite some time. You can also make it well ahead of time because it keeps well in the refrigerator.

Let’s try something new

      However, this year, I decided to switch things up a bit and keep the ingredients whole, and warm them up. Warmed olives are nothing new, but the dish is fun to play with, and inviting to behold. 

Make it your way, of course!

      You can add or subtract any favorite ingredient, and adjust the proportions to your own liking. I made this with a mix of olives, so use your favorites, or even just one type if you prefer. You can add more or less garlic, leave out the pepper flakes if you like, or add a bit more. Do you love anchovies? Add a few minced as well. I had a bit of vegan blue cheese crumbles left over from another recipe, so I tossed them in too. You can substitute a feta or vegan feta for the blue cheese if you like, or leave the cheese out entirely. Your call.

A reasonable substitution

      If you are sensitive to dairy and love blue cheese, there are a some really good crumbles out there that actually tastes like blue cheese, and with the same texture. They must inoculate with the same bacteria because it is pretty remarkable. 

One thing to love about this recipe is that you can make it all with pantry ingredients, including the roasted red pepper.

      You can make this ahead, and reheat just before you serve, adding the blue cheese at the end of course.

      Perfect for New Year’s Eve! Now, who are you going to invite over?

Warmed Mixed Olives and Artichokes

  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • ¼ cup fruity olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 a roasted sweet red pepper, chopped
  • Pinch of thyme
  • 2 tbsp. capers and a little of the brine
  • 2 anchovies, minced, optional
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 ½ cup mixed olives
  • 1 package frozen, or 1 can artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 2 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese or vegan blue cheese

      Over medium heat, warm olive oil and add the onion. Cook until softened, then add the garlic, red pepper, thyme, capers, anchovies, and red pepper flakes. 

      Once you smell the fragrant garlic, add the olives and artichokes, and warm through thoroughly. Mix in the blue cheese crumbles and place in a serving bowl, with a drizzle of more olive oil.

      Serve with toasted baguette slices or crispy crackers of choice.

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48 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Those look c gdelicious!!

    1. Thank you! They were really tasty!

  2. Suzassippi says:

    I can smell that aroma from here!

  3. terrie gura says:

    Who am I inviting? You, of course! I’ll make the sourdough baguettes for scooping up this goodness! Savory flavors are my favorite and this would be excellent served with a martini. Cheers! 🍸🫒

    1. Oh yes, you have to be in charge of the cocktail!

  4. nancyc says:

    Sounds delicious—I love everything in this! 🙂

    1. Thanks Nancy! Me too! Some of my favorite ingredients!

  5. Ronit says:

    Delicious! Definitely my kind of appetizer. I especially like the addition of anchovies and red pepper. 🙂

    1. Thank you Ronit! Got to add a little zing!

  6. gabychops says:

    Thank you, Dorothy, for this lovely combination.


    1. Thank you Joanna! It proved to be as popular as the tapenade!

  7. I would l0ve this appetizer.

    1. Thanks Jovina! It’s quite delicious, and so easy!

  8. Chef Mimi says:

    When I catered I would make mixed olives. I guess I haven’t thought about them in years! But I like your addition of the other goodies, too.

    1. Thanks Mimi! They are a great recipe to round out an event.

  9. Oh, my goodness, this looks so delicious! I absolutely love your recipes. Thank you for sharing them. I would like to wish you a Happy New Year 2023!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s really easy to make too, so perfect for a party.
      Have a wonderul New Year!

  10. leggypeggy says:

    This is my kind of food. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Peggy! I love anything salty, and this certainly fits the bill!

  11. CarolCooks2 says:

    Delicious and easy to make it ticks all the boxes 🙂 xx

    1. Thanks Carol! I’m always in the market for the salty!

  12. Looks delicious! This year for Christmas I did a large relish tray like my mother prepared for Christmas dinner.

    1. Thanks! It’s fun to make those trays, isn’t it! My mom would do the same thing, and sometimes some strange (probably left over) little nibbles ended up on the platter, but it all worked.

  13. Immediately printed out and placed in my recipe box! 💫

    1. Thanks! I know you’ll enjoy them Nancy!

  14. I going to try this one for New Years. I believe my skills are adequate! We’ll see? Thanks so much for sharing such comforting foods, stories, and cheer! Hugs, C

    1. Thanks Cheryl! Your skills are more than up to the challenge! I think you’ll love this one, and it makes a lot!

  15. I like to serve warmed olives with cocktails. I like the additions and will be trying your version soon.

    1. Thanks Karen! Everyone loved them!

  16. Americaoncoffee says:

    I will try! Undoubtedly a delicious mix!

    1. So good! You will enjoy!

      1. Americaoncoffee says:

        It is now added to my menu.

  17. Marylou says:

    The combination of these ingredients are perfect! I lam imagining the salty, pickled taste of this would be great on top of a toast 🙂 Happy New Year Dorothy!

    1. Thank you Marylou, and a Happy New Year to you too!

    1. Thank you! Hope you enjoy this recipe.

  18. Nancy says:

    Oh Dorothy… this looks so delicious!
    I have missed so many of your posts! You are not coming up in my feed. I am off to remedy the situation. But first I need to see what I have missed over here at your place.
    Happy New Year my friend!

    1. There’s always time to catch up. I missed a lot of posts simply because I was so busy, but I’m trying to backtrack a little now.
      So many recipes, so little time!

  19. Happy New Year dear Dorothy! Wish you a wonderful year ahead filled with health and joy! This warms my soul! I could be addicted to this dish 😋

    1. It is really hard to stop eating this Ribana! Love the salty!

  20. sunisanthosh says:

    Definitely it is delicious and easy to make. 🌝

    1. Thanks! They are always a hit too!

  21. We had artichoke dip and also green and black olives, we should have put it together as your recipe looks and sounds delicious Dorothy!

    1. They are great friends!

  22. Judee says:

    As much as I love olives and artichokes, I’ve never made anything like this. Can’t wait to try it. Looks like a wonderful recipe.

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