My wife came up with an idea for date night. She wanted to cook a spaghetti squash and top it with tapenade. I myself love tapenade and have made it several times, so she asked me if I would make the tapenade for her.
Tapenade is traditionally and olive based dish with capers, anchovies, and olive oil. I am a big fan of capers but not such a big fan of anchovies. I usually substitute portobello mushrooms for the fish. Though this night we were out of shrums so I used a bit of chopped roasted red pepper. Tapenade is also traditionally finely chopped or pureed, but I like mine chunky.
Spencer's Chunky Tapenade with Red Wine
2/3-1 cup coarsely chopped olives (I combined Italian, black, and green olives)
2 tbsp capers (I don't chop them, but you could)
1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup red wine
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cavenders greek seasoning
1 tsp onion powder
black pepper to taste (no salt in this, the olives and capers got you covered)
1 tbsp goat cheese (optional)
Heat a skillet to medium heat and add olive oil. Then add in the olives and red pepper, allow to cook in the oil for 2 minutes. Then add the capers with just a bit of the juice for flavor. Follow this with the wine and cook until the wine is reduced (roughly 7-10 minutes). Place on warm spaghetti squash, top with goat cheese and dig in. Tapenade is also great with crackers or pita bread, or really anything you can come up with!
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