Spring is officially here and I wouldn’t believe it if it weren’t for the birds I heard singing their little lungs out this past weekend.
Although the temperature was still in the 20′s I had to open the windows not for the fresh air, but rather to fill the room with at least the sound of Spring.
Like most people, by the time Spring comes around thoughts go from wondering if we’ll get out of work due to slick roads to drawing sketches of the front yard with new shrubbery and flowers, to planning garden crops and last but not least, thinking of spring recipes that offer a bit more “spring” unlike our wintery potatoes and roast beef.
I’ve decided to post one of my simple recipes, anti-pasto, which seems to fit the new season.
A few simple ingredients:
- Kalamata Olives (pitted from a jar)
- 3 Cloves Garlic (minced or mashed)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Chopped Artichokes (from a jar)
- Roasted Red Peppers sliced (also from a jar)
Okay, ready to roll? Mix everything together and drizzle with about 3-4 Tablespoons of the olive oil and mix again.
Yes, that is truly easy. Didn’t I say, if I can do it so can you??
Variations to this recipe
As with so many Italian dishes, you can use whatever you have on hand. Will this recipe still taste good if you don’t have the roasted red peppers? Yes. What about the if you only have regular olive oil? Yes – won’t be as flavorful, but yes it will still taste good.
Sometimes I add in cannellini beans or even chick peas. You can serve right out of the bowl or add it on top of some lettuce.
Add in some whole green olives, use ones that are marinated for extra flavors and herbs, or keep it simple without the marinated varieties.
Tip of the Post
Here is a helpful tip I’ve learned comes in handy for those of us who don’t have inherent second nature ability to mix and match flavors with 99% guaranteed success….
Photograph Labels! What I mean is, when at a store and you see a prepackaged mix of XYZ item on the shelf, give the ingredients label a good read. If you have a camera handy through your phone snap a picture for future reference.
So for this example above I mentioned some olives come marinated. I prefer mine that are in water, but what if I wanted to make my own marinated mix at home? So I cheat. I look at the ingredients used by the producers, snap a picture if it looks easy enough and I mimic at home.
So add some Spring in your kitchen with this simple recipe and let me know how how it goes!