Ancient Romans said that the olive tree is the first of all the trees. Its gifts are a delicacy which every Mediterranean culture has loved since the old times. Olives can be cooked in many different ways. They may be part of a main course, be a tasty starter or a delicious side dish. Their taste may vary from specie to specie, each of which recalls the smells and the flavors of the “Mare nostrum” traditions. Italians are proud of this “treasure” that earth gave them, for this reason they honour olives in many different ways. Mediterranean olives put together all these flavors, from the fruity one of the Sicilian oranges to the overwhelming smell of the best Mediterranean spices. While preparing this dish you will have the sensation of taking part to a picnic by the beaches of Sicily.
- 800 grams of black Italian olives
- 1 orange
- 3 teaspoons thyme
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 teaspoons aniseed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Peel the orange and cut its zest in tiny slices
- Squeeze the orange and let its juice cook in a frying pan with cloves and aniseed for some minutes
- Once the juice has caramelized add the olives and whisk the mixture
- Now add orange zest and thyme
- Add salt if necessary.