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I have a serious thing for olives.

In fact, I don’t know very many people who do not, on some level, appreciate the olive.

Wait a minute.

Let me think.

Yes. It’s true. I can say that I am not (knowingly) aware of anyone in my life who does not like olives.

How can you NOT love the olive?

The fruit of the olive tree (did you know the olive was a fruit?) is a snack unto itself but then consider that you can use it to make sauces and spreads, not to mention the fact that you can add it to any dish imagineable (pasta, fish, meat … ).

And don’t even get me started on olive oil!

Okay. Before I commence a love poem to the olive, let me just say that this is the time of year that I most appreciate the olive and that’s for two reasons.

The first is Olive Ascolane (post to follow one day soon).

And the second is marinated olives.

I don’t think I can even count how many pounds of marinated olives we make at this time of year. We serve them if guests pop in to pass along Christmas wishes, we serve them during every holiday meal, we snack on them and we generally just eat them constantly.

You can’t go wrong with marinated olives for a party and there are about a million different ways to prepare them. Essentially you’re taking the olives of your choice, mixing in the flavourings of your choice and then heating them in the oven to allow the flavours to meld and be absorbed.

This particular version is an orange/oregano one that I picked up from Trish Magwood’s Dish Entertains.

I see myself making many batches.

Hope you make one, too!

Ciao!

Orange and Oregano Olives
From Trish Magwood’s Dish Entertains: Everyday Simple to Special Occasions.

3 cups mixed olives (you can use any varieties that you like, just make sure that they’re not already marinated)
1 orange, halved and sliced
1 tbsp. orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
1 tsp. red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy)
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp. olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and then spread onto a baking sheet.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the olives are heated through and the orange slices begin to caramelize slightly.

Let cool and enjoy!