Black Olives Marinated with Orange and Fennel

These black olives marinated with orange and fennel are mysterious and exquisite.  The fennel and orange peel complement the olives perfectly.  The flavor is soft and subtle, and the marinade seems to erase some of the saltiness of the olives. They are also a breeze to make for a party.

black olives marinated with orange and fennel recipe

2 cups black olives – oil cured, nicoise, kalamata, or a mixture

6 small bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

zest of 1/2 small orange, in small strips

extra virgin olive oil to moisten

method

Combine everything in a bowl.  Let stand for 1 hour or more for the flavors to develop.  Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 weeks.

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