In Holland it’s quite common for people to stop by unannounced. Guess it’s just the Dutch way, pretty laid back. Friends or family coming over, my son having unexpected playdates with his little buddies, neighbors dropping by for a cup of coffee, people that show up spontaneously and end up at the dinnertable, it all happens here at Kayotic headquarters.
Now I’ll be the first to admit I’m not always thrilled about it—I’ll often be busy cleaning, cooking, photographing or just looking forward to a quiet evening/morning in my sweatpants, really not in the mood to entertain people. But I grew up with this -especially in a large family these things happen- and most of the time I really like the spontaneity, so I guess it’s just our way of living. The more the merrier. It does raise a number of snack dilemmas, though, because on earth what do I serve people?
Now I usually keep a few ‘easy to grab’ kinda snacks in the pantry, freezer or fridge for these occasions. A bottle of cold white wine, beer or soft drinks is no problem either, but when I had a surprise visit from one of my friends a few weeks ago I found my fridge completely devoid of anything remotely edible. All that I had left was a jar of green olives, some garlic and a sad, lonely tomato.
Just threw it all together, no idea what to expect. Little did I know, not that it would turn out to be a really great olive dip/spread.
1 cup green olives
1/2 garlic clove
1 tbsp yogurt
1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp parmesan
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp cayenne
It’s gonna be a fast recipe. No cooking involved so this is only moments work, provided you have some sort of food processor or magic bullet kind of construction.
Just throw together 1 cup of green olives (mine were stuffed with pimento), 1 tbsp yogurt (you could use mayo, but I just wanted to try this and it worked), 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/8 tsp cayenne (or less), 1/3 garlic clove (which I forgot to photograph), and 1/2 tsp olive oil. I’ve used extra virgin.
Now of course this will work beautifully with sun-dried tomatoes, but I didn’t have any. What I did have was a lonesome Roma tomato. So I figured “what the heck“, shrugged my shoulders, chopped the tomato and threw it in as well.
I also spooned in 2 tbsp Parmesan.
All you have to do is pop the lid on, pulse a few times and you’re done.
Now this will work with a multitude of things. Bread sticks, ciabatta slices, french bread even simple toast that you release a cookie cutter on can work wonders! It was really good. It’s definitely going on my new years food table.