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Olive Tapenade Recipe


6 oz Black olives drained weight, chopped (choose a kind to your taste - kalamata are nice if you like a strong flavor)
4 - 6 oz Green olives drained weight, chopped, to taste
1 - 2 oz capers (dry weight), to taste, drained (Start with 1 oz.)
1/4 cup or more Sun-dried tomatoes(to taste, and depending on how salty they are)
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 - 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Pinch thyme
Pinch of dill weed - optional
Fresh ground black pepper to taste


Pour boiling water on the sun-dried tomatoes, just enough to cover. Soak them for 20-30 minutes until they soften.
Remove and chop the sun-dried tomatos. (The remaining broth can be used in soup or tomato sauce, but be careful if the tomatoes were heavily salted.)
Blend all ingredients. A somewhat coarse texture is nice.
Add olive oil if the mixture seems too dry, or if you have some great olive oil.
The ingredients can be salty so be aware.