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Olive Spread

 

2 c. kalamata pitted olives

½ c. packed basil

5 cloves of garlic (or more/less to your taste)

15 sun-dried tomatoes (I use the dried ones)

1 tblsp. Balsamic vinegar

2 tblsp. Ex. Virg. Olive oil

 

Pulse this all (except olive oil) in your food processor or blender until it is a nice chunky texture (you don’t want baby food!)  Add the olive oil at the end.

*I get my olives at the olive counter in whatever supermarket I’m in.  I always scoop up that thick olive oil sludge and use that for the olive oil portion of the olive spread.

 

Muffuletta

 

1 eggplant

few tblsp. Olive oil

1 tblsp. Balsamic vinegar

3 large handfuls of fresh (washed and spun dried) spinach/arugula/spring mix leaves

3 roasted peppers (any color except for green) you can roast them yourself or buy them already roasted

1 round (8-10 inch in circumference) sourdough or whole grain loaf of bread

 

Cut the eggplant into approx. ¼ inch slices (I don’t salt or peel them but you can if you’d like).  Toss in large bowl to coat lightly with olive oil, season with salt/pepper, and roast on an oiled baking sheet for about 25 minutes, flipping once till golden brown.  At the same time, cut your peppers in half and remove seeds and ribs.  Coat them also with a bit of oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.  Roast on the top shelf of the oven until skins are blackened (about 30 min., maybe longer in your oven).  Place them on a plate and cover with plastic wrap and set aside till cool then remove the skin and set aside.  Toss the spinach/arugula/spring mix with the balsamic vinegar and set aside.  Cut your loaf of bread in half by cutting from the side of the bread, creating a top and bottom.  Scoop some of the bread out of the top and the bottom (keep to make breadcrumbs/croutons/or mop up some kind of sauce).  Spread the top and bottom with the olive spread.  On the bottom half, put down a layer of eggplant, spinach, peppers, eggplant, and top with last layer of spinach.  Put the top the bread on top and press down with your weight.  Tuck the spinach leaves in that are sticking out.  Wrap in a layer or two of foil.  Put on a tray or plate and weight down (I use my small cast iron skillet with a few cans of coconut milk) and put in fridge for at least 6 hrs. or better, overnight.  Cut into slices.  So good.  Makes a great to go lunch or party/potluck meal also.  I’ve been eating mine for the past few days for lunch and dinner.  Champagne goes nicely as does iced green tea!

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