It is an extremely versatile product that can be used to enrich and add flavor to many dishes. In fact, olive spread can be used on canapés or sandwiches, as a topping for pasta, and as a condiment for vegetables or baked recipes.
Whenever you want to add extra flavor to a dish, you can count on olive spread.
How to make the olive spread and the most common types
As mentioned earlier, making olive spread is simple but not straightforward: to prevent the end product from falling short of your expectations by being overly pungent or too strong in flavor, the only tip is to pay close attention to the processing temperature.
First of all, use either good quality olives in oil or in brine and control the temperature at which they are processed. Like when pressing olives to extract extra virgin olive oil, the olives for the olive spread must be processed cold; the temperature must be controlled and not exceed 80°F to ensure that the olive spread we obtain will encapsulate all the flavors and properties of the olives used to make it.
The three most famous types of olive spread are:
- Black olive spread: made from black olives, with a strong and distinct flavor
- Taggiasca olive spread: made using Taggiasca olives, well-balanced, intense and flavorful with sweet and slightly bitter notes, suitable for any dish. This is the case with our Taggiasca Olive Spread
- Green olive spread: made from green olives, with a delicate and fresh flavor, great for adding to salads or fresh cheeses
To make olive spread at home, put our Pitted Olives in an immersion blender cup and slowly start to blend, adding a drizzle of Carli Extra Virgin Olive Oil Delicato to help create a really creamy consistency. It is very important that all the instruments you use (cup and blender) have been in the refrigerator for at least half an hour before you start and that you blend intermittently so that the olive spread does not get too hot.
Once made, you can keep it in the refrigerator for about ten days, making sure to cover the surface with oil. You can also freeze it if you wish.
Best olive spread pairings
Now let’s take a look at the most famous olive spread pairings: