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citrus marinated olives

citrus marinated olives + feta

take your regular jarred olives up a notch with only a handful of ingredients. these citrus marinated olives are the easiest and tastiest small dish you can make. serve over feta with crusty bread or crackers and your favorite spirit.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Cooling 7 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4


  • medium sauce pan


  • 8 oz assorted olives with the pits
  • 3/4 c olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 lemon peels
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2-3 sprigs thyme, optional
  • 6 oz feta cheese (in the brine), corasely torn into chunks
  • toasted bread or crackers for dipping


  • Gently smash the olives. Combine olives, garlic, olive oil, citrus peels, and chili flakes or thyme in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium heat for 7-8 minutes or until the edges of the garlic are golden. Olive mixture should also be very aromatic. Remove from heat and cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Place feta chunks in a serving bowl. Pour slightly cooled marinated olives over the feta. If less oil is desired, use a slotted spoon to do this. Serve with crusty bread or crackers and your preferred spirit.
Keyword appetizer, citrus marinated olives, easy entertaining, easy holiday side, gathering board
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