Garlic-marinated Black olives
Attesting to the simplicity of tapas, a handful of marinated olives is often
ample accompaniment to a glass of chilled sherry in most Spanish tapas bars.
Marinated to piquant perfection, these olives are far from ordinary. To fully
develop the flavor of garlic in the recipe, it is best to allow the olives to
marinate for at least several days before serving.
- Makes 8 oz
- Difficulty: Easy
- Preparation time: 10 minutes and 2-3 days marinating time.
- 1 cup (8 oz) black olives
- 2 dried red chiles
- 12 cloves garlic, minced
- Red vinegar, as required
- Dash of lemon juice
Lightly crush the olives, without breaking them, and pour into a glass jar
with a lid, discarding any oil produced. Add the dried chiles and garlic,
lightly shaking the jar to ensure equal distribution. Pour in enough red wine
vinegar so that the jar's contents are entirely submerged.
Add a dash of lemon juice, seal the jar, and store at room temperature for
several days, shaking the jar occasionally.
Serve the marinated olives with a glass of
Hidalgo - La Gitana Manzanilla
Famous Sherry from Sanlúcar de Barrameda
This is the classic example of this unique wine and the flagship of the
company. Its fresh and delicate taste has made it the favorite of Seville, the
heart of traditional Andalucía where they drink it chilled, with a meal or with
tapas or simply as a refreshing crisp white wine.
La Manzanilla is a dry wine and the lightest and most delicate member of the
Sherry region and can only be made in the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda
set at the mouth of the River Guadalquivir.
The position of the town, set between the sea and the river and the
marshlands to the north, combines with the particular topography of the town
itself to create an especially humid and constant microclimate.
These conditions allow a special growth of yeast, known as the 'flor', to
grow on the surface of the maturing wine all your round thus protecting it from
the detrimental effects of oxygen. Elsewhere in the Sherry district, the flor
dies off in the summer and winter months to form the Fino sherry instead.
Due to the uniqueness of this wine Manzanilla has its own 'Denominación de
Origen' Manzanilla -Sanlúcar de Barrameda, set within the Sherry Denomination.
The 18th Century Hidalgo Bodega produces the famous Manzanilla under the name of
Today, 'La Gitana' is the most popular Manzanilla on the Spanish market and
is now the best selling wine in Seville.
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