Tapenade is a rich soft paste made of olives, capers, anchovies, with a variety of flavourings such as garlic, mustard, basil and parsley. Tapenade can be made with black or green olives, each having the distinct flavour of its key ingredient. Alternative ingredients include savoury cousins- sun-dried tomato, artichoke, roasted aubergine, feta, etc. etc.
Though easy to whip up in the food processor in seconds, it can be bought ready-made in jars.
It’s traditionally spread on bread, but you can use it in canapés or starters such as crostini or bruschetta, or you can stir a little into pasta dishes or sauces, use it as a marinade for meat and also for adding to casseroles and stews. Roll a spoonful into bread or pizza dough for a savoury boost.