I wanted to take this challenge down to the essence of ingredients, olives and citrus. Just before looking at what this week’s challenge was, I was trolling my Amazon wishlist. One of many tagged books is entitled “Olives and Oranges” by Sara Jenkins (Porchetta, NYC), and Sandy Fox (editor of La Cucina Italiana) and it spans the Mediterranean in cuisine and has the MOST beautiful photo of oranges and olives front and center. Having never opened it, all I need was that photo for my recipe to start writing itself in my head. It is also helpful that my sister bequeathes Honeybell oranges on my parents during the winter months and they generously share them with me. I used a mix of olives in this, green and kalamata mostly. – testkitchenette

  • 3 cups olives, I used a mixed bag, so choose to your liking
  • 3/4 cups dried figs, quartered
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fruity olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1 juicy and sweet orange
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed

  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and pour into a foil lined baking sheet (one with sides). After zesting and juicing the orange and toss the orange half that has been zested juiced in with the mixture. Enclose olive mixture with foil and seal.
  2. Bake for an hour. Uncover and bake for another 30 minutes. Cool a bit and serve along with bread smeared with ricotta or mascarpone.