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Marinated Warm Olives

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

15 Minutes


2 Cups


  • c Olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon Anise seed (or fennel seed)

  • 1 clove Garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary about 3-4" long

  • ½ teaspoon Chili Flakes (or to taste) or toast a couple dried chile arbol

  • 1 teaspoon each, orange and lemon zest

  • 1 Bay Leaf

  • 2 c Mixed Olives, any variety such as Kalamata, Calabrese or Sicilienne

  • Wedge of ¼ lemon or orange to squeeze over at the end (optional)


  • Preheat an oven safe bowl in the oven set to 250.

  • Heat small sauce pan on low and gently toast anise seed until fragrant. Add olive oil and garlic, warming until fragrant and garlic is translucent but not coloring.

  • Add remaining ingredients including drained olives and continue to warm on low approximately 3-5 minutes or until warmed through. Be careful not to let it get too hot, you do not want to cook the olives at all, only warm them.

  • Squeeze the juice of ⅛-1/4 orange or lemon over and transfer to pre warmed bowl right away and serve warm.

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