Marinated Olives
December 14, 2021

At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we usually eat dinner at 3, which means it wouldn’t be smart to eat lunch. I serve a hearty breakfast, then set out a spread of festive appetizers around 11:30. I like to put out a mix of sweet and savory out to mix it up. My spread usually includes a cheeseball, crackers, marinated olives, summer sausage, spicy bourbon pecans, sugared cranberries, and fudge. Everything is homemade, but the summer sausage. I’m not sure why I don’t make these olives all year long, but they sure make every holiday season special. These are quick to put together, and would even make a lovely hostess gift.

Marinated Olives

2 cups pitted Spanish olives
2 tablespoons fruit or other apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sherry
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a bowl or jar.

Stir, and add olives. Let sit a couple of days. Chill until ready to serve.


  1. Loraine Pross

    spicy bourbon pecans, sugared cranberries, and fudge

    They ALL sound great.

    Can you post the recipes???

    • Laura

      Hi Loraine! The sugared cranberries you can find within this article

      I can’t find a fudge recipe that works for me, and would love if someone had one to recommend. So I serve sub-par fudge but it gets eaten. HAHA! I’m looking for one without marshmallow cream. In regards to the spicy bourbon pecans, I’ll make that my next post just for you! :)


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