Your New Addictive Snack is Citrus Marinated Olives

Gaby Dalkin seems to live on of those breezy California lives that makes me question all my life choices for living in New York. Her sunny blog, What's Gaby Cooking, has really delectable recipes and now she is out with a new book based on the style her readers have grown to love. 

I loved getting to bring a little bit of that California feel into my new test kitchen. I am going to be doing a lot more videos from the kitchen which will allow for a lot more cookbook authors from out of town to share recipes - and I'm doing in a series I'm calling The Easiest Recipe. The Easiest Recipe will take what I think is the simplest recipe from the book and we make it in real-time right in the kitchen. For Gaby's book we picked the citrus marinated olives. These might be the most addictive snack - be careful if you make them for a party because you might just eat them all on their own. 

So watch the video, check out Gaby's new book and you can make the recipe below if you feel inspired!

Marinated Olives

Serves 4 to 6

¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 shallot, sliced
4 to 5 thyme sprigs
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups (310 g) castelvetrano olives
½ lemon, zested into thick strips

In a small saucepan, combine the oil, garlic, shallot, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Place over medium heat and cook until the garlic starts to sizzle, 1 to 2 minutes, then reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 10 minutes, until the oil is infused with garlic. Remove the pan from the heat and let steep for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, place the olives in a medium bowl and add the strips of lemon zest. Pour the oil mixture over the olives and stir to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours so the flavors can combine, or cover and chill for up to 4 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.