Posted June 26th, 2013 | Blast from the Past, Past Emails, Recipes
 

Menu Inspiration: Olive Antipasta

Originally published June 8, 2011

 

As you know, I recently returned from our Culinary Mediterranean Cruise.

Me and Chef Marc Andres, the Chef for Special Events who assisted me in these Grace Before Meals Presentations.

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!

Italian Market, Providence Rhode Island.

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!

Click the picture to get the recipe for my version of fried olives – unstuffed, Admittedly, I could have done a better job of frying more equally to give them a consistent golden brown on all sides.

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!

New York City’s Eataly Market, being served charcuterie, artinsal cheeses, crusty bread, and a drizzle of jams and honey.

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.  

Baptism Candle and decorated Altar of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Easter Vigil marks the day when new members of the church are anointed with the blessed olive oil.

 

 

 

 

 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. *

 

 
  • 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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Posted in Blast from the Past, Past Emails, Recipes | 2 Comments

2 Responses to “Blast From The Past: Menu Inspiration: Olive Antipasta”

  • And we were there with you on the Mediterranean cruise! Hope all is well Fr. Leo!

    Mary & John Lockwood from michigan

    Posted by Fr. Leo on June 27th, 2013 at 9:38 am.
  • Your dishes look amazing. I can’t wait to try some of them. I am always looking for some new dish to try for dinner. I love your website and all your cooking shows. Keep the dishes coming, just love them Fr. Leo!

    God Bless You!
    Anthony and Millie Loffredo
    from Beverly Hills, FLorida

    Posted by Millie Loffredo on June 30th, 2013 at 4:31 pm.

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