Menu Inspiration: Olive Antipasta
Originally published June 8, 2011
As you know, I recently returned from our Culinary Mediterranean Cruise.
It was a great opportunity to visit so many different countries, experience the cuisine and also experience the expanse of the Christian Faith. A common Mediterranean food I’d like to highlight in this week’s Menu Inspiration is the olive!
The word “Christian” shares its root with the word “Chrism,” which means “to anoint.” In the Scriptures, olive oil is generally used in this anointing, as evidenced in the prevalent use of olive oil in all Mediterranean cultures.
This week’s recipe is a tribute to the incredibly versatile use of the olive, as inspired by a traditional Italian (go figure?), antipasto.
Fried olives, also known as “Olive Ascolane,” take the olive to a whole new “anointed” level of delicious!
This recipe for an olive ascolana has been modified to keep your preparation for the dish very simple. In other words, when I prepared this dish for a few friends over the Holy Week celebration, I didn’t have time to stuff these olives. But you can stuff these with just about anything that can hold up to the frying process – frozen blue cheese, a gelled puree of veal or pork, even a simple combination of breadcrumb and cheese. Click on the picture above or HERE to get the recipe!
As members of my own family attest, olives are an acquired taste. However, the oil that comes from these olives has become a part of my family through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, the Anointing of the Sick, and for me the anointing of the Priesthood. This summer, try some of these unique flavors and see the blessings they bring to the table.
Have you ever had these deep fried olives? If so, where did you eat these? Do you have a good stuffing for olives you’d like to share? Do you have any special olive dishes you can suggest to our community? Your comments, questions, and responses are important sources of encouragement for our Grace Before Meals team. Let us know what you’re thinking by posting your comments here.
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Let us Pray:
Father, You anoint Your sons and daughters through the gift of Chrism we receive in Baptism. Help us to recall this great gift and to share that gift with those who hunger and thirst for the blessings that come from Your Table.
This week’s episode of Savoring Our Faith features Special Guests Jim and Joy Pinto of EWTN’s At Home With Jim & Joy. Tune in Sunday at 5pm. *
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