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Who’s ready for some crunchy, savory and tangy noms? These Fried Olives Stuffed w/ Roasted Garlic are out-of-this-world delicious!
Olives are just exceptionally yummy, aren’t they? They are salty, tangy, maybe a little sour, with a meaty texture. It’s kinda hard to describe them, but they are just delightful. Now, picture all that tasty goodness, stuffed with aromatic & sweet roasted garlic, surrounded with crunchy fried breading. Fried Olives are the cats pajamas (what does that even mean?).
Ok, I know that fried food isn’t the healthiest for us, but it’s nice to have on occasion. These fried olives are definitely a part of that exception (along with my Vegan Mozzarella Sticks). They make the perfect appetizer for almost any meal or just by themselves. They are great for parties too and are quite the crowd pleaser. They will go fast, so hide some for yourself. You can pair these gems with a tasty ale, a glass of white wine or if you want to get nuts, with a vodka martini. Yep, I’ve done that!
I once visited Italy about 17 years ago, and fried olives were one of the noms, that I clearly remembered. I’ve never had them before this visit. They were crunchy, savory and tangy and I was in love! Yep, I fell in love with fried olives and not a sexy Italian man. That doesn’t usually happen, does it? When I returned home, I wanted to recreate these tasty bites & I’ve been making them ever since.
I love making roasted garlic and I always have it ready in the fridge. It really cuts down the time for this recipe. I use it for a lot of my recipes, because it takes the flavor to another level. It’s sweet, buttery and aromatic! You just simply cut the top of the cloves, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pop it in the oven for forty minutes. Your house will smell heavenly!
If you want to skip the roasted garlic step, you can buy olives that are already stuffed with garlic. It won’t have the roasted flavor, but they will still be ridiculously delicious. If you aren’t a garlic fan at all, you can use any stuffed olives or even just plain pitted olives. It all works for this recipe.
Alight, are olive you ready? Ok, that was a bit cheesy, but what the hell. 😉 Let’s get this party started!
Prepare your breading station by placing 1/4 cup flour in a bowl or a plate & set aside. In another bowl, place 1/4 cup flour and 6 tablespoons of water together, mix well & set aside. In a third bowl or plate, mix bread crumbs and salt together, set aside.
Next place the battered olive in the bread crumb bowl. Roll around and press, until completely covered in bread crumbs. Repeat this step until all the olives are gone.
*If you like thicker breading, you can use a double breading method for this recipe. I didn’t use it for these olives, but I have before and they come out great, too. Once the olives are all done, place each one again in the flour, then the batter mixture, then the bread crumbs, until they are completely covered, and you don’t see any green color. Continue each step for the remaining olives
Put each breaded olive in the pan, and fry evenly on all sides, until golden brown. When done, place on a large plate with a paper towel, to absorb excess oil.
Fried Olives Stuffed with Roasted Garlic
Roasted Garlic (skip if using pre-stuffed olives *see note)
- 2 heads of garlic
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Fresh Ground Pepper
Vegan Ranch dip
- 1/4 cup vegan mayo
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon dill (dried or fresh)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (you can use any unsweetened plant-based milk)
Roasted Garlic (skip if using pre-stuffed olives *see note)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Peel a few layers of paper from the garlic head, but keep enough on to keep the cloves together. Slice about 1/4 "off the garlic head to expose the cloves
- Place the heads on a piece of foil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. Wrap up in the foil.
- Roast until cloves are lightly browned and tender, about 40-45 minutes. The garlic is done when a center clove is easily pierced with a knife or fork. Set aside to cool. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the skins by its base. Place in a bowl or plate and set aside.
- Prepare your breading station by placing 1/4 cup flour in a bowl or a plate & set aside. In another bowl, place 1/4 cup flour and 6 tablespoons of water together, mix well & set aside. In a third bowl or plate, mix bread crumbs and salt together, set aside
- Dry the olives with a hand towel and stuff each one with a piece of roasted garlic. If the clove is too big, cut each clove in half
- Next, place an olive in the flour bowl and dredge.Then place the olive in the batter mixture and cover all sides with batter. (allow run off batter to drip back into the bowl when removing)
- Next place the battered olive in the bread crumb bowl. Roll around and press, until completely covered in bread crumbs.*see note for optional double breading method.
- Place oil in a large pan over medium heat, until hot. You can test it by placing the edge of a breaded olive in the oil, to hear if it's ready. If it sizzles, you are ready to start frying
- Put each breaded olive in the pan, and fry evenly on all sides, until golden brown. When done, place on a large plate with a paper towel, to absorb excess oil.
Vegan Ranch Dip
- In a bowl, add mayo, salt, milk, onion power, garlic powder, lemon juice, parsley and dill. Mix with a whisk or fork until all ingredients are well blended. (if it’s too thick, you can lightly increase the amount of milk by 1 tablespoon at a time
If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me, Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs.
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