NatureSweet® Twilights™ Tomato Tapenade with Cheese and Crackers

NatureSweet® Glorys® Tomato Tapenade with Cheese and Crackers

Course Type: Appetizer

Preparation Time: 195 minutes

A tempting and tasty appetizer your guests can’t resist

Ingredients:

  • 12 crackers
  • 1/3 cup NatureSweet® Twilights™ Tomato Tapenade
  • 12 slices sharp cheddar cheese or similar
Tapenade
  • 1 container NatureSweet® Twilights™ tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Niçoise olives, pitted
  • 1/2 cup French olives (Picholine), small, green, pitted
  • 1/2 tbsp. capers
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 anchovy fillet
  • 2 tsp. thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. oregano leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

Tapenade
  1. Preheat oven to 200° F.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds.
  3. Toss tomatoes in a bowl with 2 tsp. olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper.
  4. Spread tomatoes on a parchment- or wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Place in the oven for 2-1/2 to 2-3/4 hours, until shriveled but not dry and crispy.
  5. Finely chop the oven-dried tomatoes.
  6. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the olive oil. Using the pulse button, process until coarsely chopped and well blended.
  7. Continue to process, slowly adding the olive oil.
  8. Refrigerate in a covered container. Use as needed. Will keep up to 1 week, refrigerated, in a covered container.
Cheese and crackers
  1. Spread 1 tsp. tapenade on each cracker.
  2. Place a slice of cheese on top of the spread.
  3. Put a 1/4-tsp. dollop of tapenade on top of the cheese slice.


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