The flavor of the type of olive you choose will be your basic flavor base. If you wish to, you can switch your choice of herb and even add Dijon mustard, sun dried tomatoes, crushed red pepper flakes, or even finely shredded Parmesan to taste to enhance the olive of choice! One thing to keep in mind is that without the capers, it's not a 'tapenade' ;-)
Place all ingredients except for the salt and pepper in a blender or food processor, blend until finely chopped, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Lovely, easy recipe but where do you get your non-pariel capers? They are normally quite costly. Would the slightly larger capers work as well?
Don't like capers in any size Deeli, so I won't call this "tapenade" LOL And will sub. rice wine vinegar for the red wine vinegar, I'll like it that way. ;-)
Thanks for a giggle GG Vi ;-) And I've never thought to try rice wine vinegar with this recipe but will do so the next time I make it.
Sooz, I purchase the Safeway grocery store 'Select' brand. That brand costs almost half the price and also contains more ounces of capers. I don't know for certain but I would venture to bet that other grocery stores have their own brand too if you don't have a Safeway in your area.
Sooz, here's a follow up for your size of caper question. I didn't know the answer because no matter whether a recipe calls for non-pariel or not I've always chosen to use non-pariel. Anyway, since I didn't know the taste answer I emailed a couple friends who are hard core chefs and both said there is such a small difference in flavor that it really doesn't matter. One even added, "Except for being a snob purposes." - LOL! ;-)