This vegetable platter & dip post is sponsored by The Fifth Empire Wine Co. All Ideas and opinions are my own.
This Portuguese inspired green olive dip is sure to delight! Its sweet and slightly tangy taste pairs perfectly with tiny vegetables and a full bodied red wine blend. We love serving this vegetable platter when entertaining guests, or simply enjoying it alongside our favorite wine. While olives are grown throughout Portgual, one of the largest regional producers of both olives and olive oil, is Alentejo. Keep scrolling for a handful of preparation tips, and the full recipe below.
Green Olive Dip Ingredient Information & Tips
Garlic powder refers to a ground, dehdrated form of garlic. Its taste is vastly different than fresh garlic. I would describe garlic powder as slightly sweet, and less assertive than its fresh form. You can find garlic salt in the spice aisle at your favorite grocer.
Diced white onions bring a sharp flavor profile to this green olive dip. For the best results, work to create an even dice on your white onions using a sharp pairing or chef’s knife.
The creamy texture of this green olive dip comes from cream cheese. For the best results, allow your cream cheese to come to room temperature before beginning your preparation. If you are in a bit of a hurry, you can also soften the cream cheese in a glass container in the microwave for 10-20 seconds.
And now, for the star of this simple dip recipe; the green olives. We recommend using green olives stuffed with pimento peppers. This version of the green olive offers a “sweet” flavor. Pimentos are actually a version of red, heart shaped chili peppers, often referred to as cherry peppers. They have a low score on the Scoville Heat Units scale, making them very palatable and a common garnish. The jarred vesion of green olives offers up brine that we will also use in this green olive dip recipe.
Green Olive Dip
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 c. mayonnaise
- 1/2 c. white onion, chopped
- 1/2-1 tsp. garlic powder (season to taste)
- 6 oz jar of green olives with pimento, drained (reserve the brine)
- 3 TBSP olive brine (reserved from the jar of green olives)
- Using a blender, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion and garlic powder until combined.
- Gently fold the chopped green olives into the mixture.
- Add the olive brine into the dip mixture until your desired taste and texture is acheived, beginning with 2 TSBP, and then adding as needed.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
What should you pair this green olive dip with when serving? Well, we are big fans of tiny vegetables (I mean…how cute are they!?). But, you could also serve this dip alongside a vegetable platter, hearty crackers or even toasted bread slices. And of course, no appetizer is complete without a glass of wine. Our wine of choice to pair with this green olive dip is the Destino Red from The Fifth Empire Wine Co. You can find Fifth Empire Wines at any Total Wine retail store.
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