dom’s honey tapenade


Dom’s honey olive tapenade.

This is my take on tapenade; while traditional tapenades include anchovies i prefer to omit the anchovy and add honey instead. The whole idea behind it is to have the first bite initially sweet and as you chew the wonderful brininess of the olive comes through. The recipe is very simple you just cook slowly and taste frequently. It’s also great on top of deviled eggs!


1 can sliced black olives, drained & chopped further

1 jar green salad olives with pimentos drained & chopped further as well

1 large onion diced to bits

several tablespoons of previously minced garlic or about a large head of fresh

about ½ a cup of olive oil

¼ a cup of balsamic vinegar (preferably pomegranate flavored)

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

½ cup of wine (either white or red)

1/3 cup of either chopped sun dried tomato or sun dried tomato paste

roughly half of one of those honey bears (preferably dark honey)

a massive handful of fresh basil chopped chiffonade

1 tablespoon of oregano


fresh black pepper



mars. Dash (I hate myself for loving that stuff)

chili powder

(all spices are to taste but in my opinion don’t be afraid to be liberal with them)


It is very straightforward; put the oil in a small saucepan, dump in the onions and garlic and sweat at a very low heat till it’s quite soft. Once the onions are done dump in the olives, spices, sun dried tomato and wine and sweat further on low heat till the ingredients marry. Lastly add the honey slowly stirring well and tasting to judge the sweetness; if too sweet just add a touch more salt. The idea is to allow the fluids to reduce and make the flavors grow bolder and that’s it.



3 Responses to “dom’s honey tapenade”

  1. Neighbor Nancy Says:

    My chickens are laying like fiends and I am desperate for egg ideas.
    This sounds delicious, thanks.

  2. OK, this looks really good. I think the hubby would love the honey addition – I’m giving it a try!
    thanks for posting this and drawing my attention to it!

    • kingbiscuitpants Says:

      Cool I hope you like it but be forewarned, the 50% percentage of olive lovers in my family have condemned me to forever make this for EVERY family gathering. Not that it’s so hard but I end up having to make it 10 or 12 times a year. At least it’s a crowd pleaser.

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