Buttery, meaty, delicious – adjectives perfect for describing the Arauco Olive - a unique green olive from Argentina. Surviving the attempted eradication by the Spanish Crown in the 17th Century, this deliciously meaty green olive with its buttery texture and nutty flavor is uniquely and truly Argentinean. Estancia Lucia olives are grown in the Andean regions of central and northern Argentina, where the altitude and soil create this flavorful fruit. Argentina's climate and rich, lowland regions combine to make it one of the world's greatest food-producing nations.
Olives Marinated in Orange and Thyme-infused Olive Oil (courtesy of Chef Erin Coopey) Serves 4
Ingredients: 1 orange 1 lemon 4 garlic cloves, peeled 1/4 cup San Juan de Ullum Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tbsp sherry vinegar 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1/2 tsp salt 1 jar (12 oz) Estancia Lucia 'Arauco' Olives of Argentina
Method: Zest the orange and the lemon and place in a bowl along with the juice of the orange. Using the flat side of your knife, crush the garlic cloves and combine with the zest and orange juice. Next, add the olive oil, sherry vinegar, thyme, salt and olives to the juice and zest and mix well. An easy way to do this is to combine the olives and dressing in a plastic bag or container with a lid and simply shake. Allow the mixture to marinate at least 12 hours before serving. Serve at room temperature.