Walnut Grove Recipes

Olives marinated in Chilli, Rosemary & Garlic

  • 200g black olives
  • 2 large fresh red chillies
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • olive oil to cover the olives
  • salt & pepper


1. Finely chop the rosemary, shred the chillies into long strips, keep the seeds. Peel and slice the garlic. 

 2. Place all these ingredients including the olives in a small saucepan, and cover with olive oil. 

 3. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

 4. Heat the saucepan until the oil comes to a gentle simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes. 

 5. Remove from heat and allow to cool, place in a sealed container in the fridge, and leave to continue infusing for at least three days.

 6. The olives are now ready to serve.

Serving Suggestions

We serve these olives with pre-dinner drinks, or as an accompaniment with salads of all descriptions. We marinate all our olives in this way, because it gives a fantastic flavor. Marinating olives like this, gives you the opportunity - if you wish to - to take averagely prices olives and make them taste like the most expensive olives! Don't restrict the favoring to what we have suggested, just use the same technique with the heating of the oil, and allowing it to cool and marinate - experiment with your favorite flavours.

Advanced Preparation

We have found this is a fantastic way of preserving olives, and if they are kept in the fridge after this process, in a sealed container, they will last for at least a month, and improve in flavor. Make sure that the olives are always covered in the oil.

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