• 5 pita breads, cut into triangular wedges
  • 6 cups pitted Kalamata olives
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1/4 cup (a handful) flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 anchovy (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 cup (eyeball it) red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped


Serves: 6-8 servings, 1 quart of tapenade


While bread is toasting, combine the remaining ingredients except the onion in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium-size bowl and mix in the red onion. Serve the olive tapenade with the toasted pitas alongside.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Arrange the pita bread wedges on a cookie sheet in a single layer (use 2 cookie sheets if you run out of room). Transfer to the oven and toast for about 10 minutes or until golden and crispy.