Tapenade (Black Olive Spread from Provence)

July 12, 2019  |  By The International Kitchen
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Tapenade (Black Olive Spread from Provence)

Enjoy this wonderful recipe from straight from sunny Provence! Provence is a region known for its olives, and no where is that more evident than in this wonderful dip that combines olives, olive oil, and seasoning such as garlic and fresh herbs. You can make it to serve as an appetizer, but it also makes a great spread for sandwiches.

Provencal Tapenade


  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup of capers
  • 6 anchovy fillets (in oil)
  • 1 cup pitted black olives, if possible such as Nyons, or very well drained from their water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • olive oil (about 3/4 cup)

Serves 8
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 mintues
Cook method: crush/puree

Tapenade from Provence


  • Peel the garlic cloves and reduce with olive oil into a “garlic purée” (using if you have one a Provençal terracotta manual grinder—a nice gift to buy at the market and to bring back home to all your friends !).
  • Rinse and dry the capers.
  • Put the anchovy fillets to drain and chop them finely.
  • Place all the ingredients into a food processor and season with pepper.
  • Add olive oil in a steady stream and process until it has become a thick, spreadable paste.

Use as a spread for crudités, crackers, breadsticks, and slices of French baguette of course … enjoy it with a glass of Pastis … or add a tablespoon of it to a plain tomato sauce to make it special!

You can learn to make this and other Provencal specialties on our culinary vacations and food tours in France, including several food and wine tours offered in Provence!

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