Posts Tagged With: olives

Recipe: Pita Chips and Tapenade

This is yumminess on a pita chip.  It is another ‘big box retailer sample people recipe’ to go along with the little Puttanesca Burger Bite recipe from yesterday.  I nearly hurt myself pushing little old ladies shopping carts out of the way the the day they had samples in the store (just kidding).  People were lined up waiting for the sample lady to make batch after batch of this stuff.  I highly recommend this one with the burgers or not with the burgers.  Just make it and enjoy with a lovely Shiraz wine.

Pita Chips and Tapenade
Serves 30 – Preparation Time: 30 minutes

3/4 cup Manzanilla Spanish Olives, diced
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
5 oz. Bourin’s Garlic and Herb Cheese Spread
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
30 New York Style or Stacy’s Pita Chips


1.  Mix diced olives with olive oil and salt.  Add waltnuts and cranberries; mix to incorporate.

2.  Spread each pita chip with cheese spread and top with tapenade. 

Oh Baby!

Y’all Enjoy 🙂

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Recipe: Broccoli Salad

This is a family favorite. Partly due to the fact it contains bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing. I mean, come’on, who doesn’t love some bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing? Those two ingredients are like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Coffee and Cream, Oreos and Milk. Especially when it comes to making salads. But, I get bored with the same ol’ same ol’ summer salad. Or sum’ma – as my Aunt Nez would say.

I adore this salad. And, men don’t turn their noses up at it because it doesn’t look like a girly phoo-phoo salad because it has bacon in it. Light, creamy, crunchy, salty, and flavorful. Go on – you know you want to try it.🙂

Broccoli Salad

3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 bunches fresh broccoli (florets only)
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
1/2 bottle real bacon bits
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix – mixed with mayonnaise as directed on the package
Dash paprika

Tear broccoli florets into bits-size pieces. Add olives, cheese, bacon bits and onion. Add dressing and stir to mix. Marinate in refrigerator for two or three hours before serving. Place on a layer of lettuce leaves and garnish with paprika.

Now, if you do want a sweeter, more girly phoo-phoo salad: Replace the olives with raisins and put sugar in the Mayo instead of ranch dressing mix. Yes, be’be’ – it is wonderful stuff!

Y’all Enjoy!🙂

Oh! And, just so you know – I purchased this book yesterday. I’m in BIG trouble. I’ll be spending the summer cooking everything in this book and posting reviews. I swanee, she makes me homesick for my Mama’s cooking. Lawsie! Lawsie! Lawsie! Help me Rhonda.

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