Roasted Preserved Kalamata Olives with Lemon and Bay Leaves
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Step 1: Preheat a fan forced oven to 180C.
Step 2: Drain the brine from the jar of olives. Place the olives into a mixing bowl and add in the lemon zest, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and crush the bay on your hand and add into the bowl.
Step 3: Mix together well, then place onto a shallow sided baking tray and place into the preheated oven to roast for 8 minutes. The olives will start to shrivel up which is normal.
Step 4: Remove the olives from the oven and give them a gentle toss. Set aside to cool to room temperature before serving.
Tip: Serve with cured meats, grilled seasonal vegetables or with semi hard cheese’s. These also work well when flavoured with fennel seeds, fresh oregano leaves or a drizzle of red white and orange zest.