Warm Marinated Olives with Orange and Rosemary

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I first tasted warm marinated olives like this last winter at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver and was immediately hooked! The warm olives with citrus peels and a little spice are the perfect little bite to have with cocktails. This recipe is also very easy, making preparation a breeze when having company!

When I have guests over, I absolutely love setting these olives in a serving bowl next to the signature cocktail I have prepared for the evening. It is one of those simple recipes that is honestly perfect for any type of gathering. I love adding these to cheese boards, as part of an assorted olive bar, or on their own with a cheeky little glass of white wine! While I particularly love these during the colder months, these olives belong on your table anytime of year.

What Do I Need to Prepare Warm Marinated Olives with Orange Peel and Rosemary

While the full ingredient list is available below, here is an outline of what you will need!

  • Whole Castelvetrano olives or another type of high quality green olives
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Peels of orange
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Garlic cloves
  • High quality olive oil
  • Orange zest

Extra ingredients you could add include black pepper, fresh thyme leaves, fennel seeds, or even a splash of gin to add a lovely botanical note!

Warm marinated olives with orange and rosemary in white serving bowl
warm marinated olives with orange and rosemary

How to Prepare the Best Warm Marinated Olives

While the full recipe instructions are available below, here are some tips to prepare this show stopping cocktail snack!

  • The first thing we will do is make sure our ingredients are prepared since we will be adding them to the pan all at once. Use a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife to peel your orange, and set the rosemary sprigs, chili flakes, and garlic cloves together in a small dish. Drain your olives and dry them off.
  • Now, heat a small saucepan over low to medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add all of your ingredients except the orange zest. Swirl the sauté pan a few times and let them cook to being just warmed. This will only take a few minutes. You do not want to brown the olives.
  • Once your olives are warmed through and the ingredients are fragrant, remove and pour the olive mixture  into a small bowl for serving. Sprinkle with the orange zest and maybe a little flaky sea salt. You want to serve these warm right off the stove as they taste the best this way, however they are still delicious at room temperature!
Warm marinated olives with orange and rosemary in white serving bowl
warm marinated olives with orange and rosemary

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Warm marinated olives with orange and rosemary in white serving bowl
warm marinated olives with orange and rosemary

Cocktails To Serve With Your Olives

Looking for the perfect cocktail to pair with these delicious olives? Check these out!

Warm Marinated Olives with Orange and Rosemary

I first tasted warm marinated olives like this last winter at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver and was immediately hooked! The warm olives with citrus peels and a little spice are the perfect little bite to have with cocktails. This recipe is also very easy, making preparation a breeze when having company!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole castelvetrano olives or high quality green olives, drained and dried
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 peels of orange
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 garlic clove, quatered
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Use a vegetable peeler or a sharp knife to peel your orange, and set the rosemary sprigs, chili flakes, and garlic cloves together in a small dish. Drain your olives and dry them off.
  2. Heat a small saucepan over low to medium heat. Once the pan is warm, add all of your ingredients except the orange zest. Swirl the sauté pan a few times and let them cook to being just warmed. This will only take a few minutes - do not brown the olives.
  3. Once your olives are warmed through and the ingredients are fragrant, remove and pour the olive mixture  into a small bowl for serving. Sprinkle with the orange zest and maybe a little flaky sea salt. Serve immediately while still warm. Enjoy!

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