Saturday, April 11, 2020

Savory Roasted Red Pepper & Green Olive Vegan Tapenade Recipe

Vegan Tapenade Culinary Gift

Vegan Tapenade Hors D’oeuvres Platter

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Greetings Tapenade Lovers!

You'll love making and enjoying this Savory Roasted Red Pepper & Green Olive Vegan Tapenade, a Proven├žal (southeastern France) delicious condiment. This flavorful condiment (traditionally, made with anchovies, but in my vegan recipe substituted with roasted hazelnutsis very easy to make with ingredients you most probably already have in your pantry and fridge. 

You can enjoy this delicious Savory Tapenade (vegan and for nut-free version, skip the hazelnuts) with crusty breads, baguettes, gourmet crackers, slather it into a panini with a slice of vegan cheese, on sandwich breads with mixed greens or arugula, in pasta salads, on polenta, roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled cauliflower steak, asparagus, eggplant, stuff Portobello mushrooms and much more. You can also make a beautiful Vegan Hors D’oeuvres Platter with a bowl of this delicious tapenade.

So, let’s get started with this simple and delicious recipe!

Ingredient (serving size 8):
1 jar (12 oz.) roasted red bell pepper, drained and chopped. Or you can roast two large peppers, see instructions below
1 Cup roasted skin removed hazelnuts. Or you can roast a cup, see instructions below
1 jar (6.5 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 Cup pitted Picholine olives (small green olives, originated in Gard, Southern France)
2 garlic clove, peeled & smashed
1/4 Cup capers (drained)
1 Tbsp. fresh marjoram leaves
1 Tbsp. fresh oregano leaves
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
1/2 Tsp. pepper corns
1/4 Cup olive oil
1/4 Cup fresh lemon juice & 1 tsp. lemon rinds

1. Preheat oven to 500° F. Cut peppers in half, remove stalk, seeds and white membrane. Place peppers face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, brush with olive oil and roast for 30-40 minutes, until skins are completely wrinkled and peppers are charred. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 30 minutes, and then remove the charred skin.
2. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a baking sheet roast hazelnuts in one layer in middle of oven 10-12 minutes until skins are blistered. Remove hazelnuts from oven, cover with paper towel, let steam 2-3 minute, rub in the paper towel to remove skins and set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
3. Place roasted hazelnuts in a food processor, pic 1 and pulse until coarsely chopped, pic. 2.
4. Add the rest of ingredients except for lemon juice & rinds to the chopped hazelnuts in the food processor, pic. 3 and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse texture, pic. 4.
5. Add lemon juice & rinds, pic. 5, and pulse 3 more times, pic.6.
6. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving to blend the flavors.  

Savory Roasted Red Pepper & Green Olive Tapenade in a Jar as a Gift - This flavorful condiment  makes a delicious culinary gift for family and friends too.

Happy Delicious Eating!

Chef Ellie Lavender 
Vegan Mediterranean Personal Chef
Culinary & Wine Pairing Instructor
Lavender Design + Cuisine


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