Ok my little bun buns, here it is. The tapenade you’ve all been waiting for! The salty sweet spread I have been bragging about for days. My favorite thing from the Natural Delights Medjool Dates Summit. The recipe I have been craving twenty four seven. DATE OLIVE TAPENADE! Vegan, gluten-free, no added salt, and no added sugar! 100% om nom nom worthy. Spread it on top of a crostini with a slather of goat cheese, and you will be in heaven! You must make this for your next party. Best appetizer. The end. Enjoy!
Date & Olive Tapenade
Recipe By: Bob Nidiffer
1 cup chopped Medjool dates
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp drained capers, chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts – I actually loved it without them!
1 log soft goat cheese
1 whole grain or French baguette
Olive oil cooking spray
Combine chopped dates and 1/3 cup water in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until liquid evaporates and dates are soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer dates to a food processor. Mix in olives, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, capers, and chopped thyme and process into a spread.
Optional: Fol chopped walnuts into the date & olive spread.
Crostini: Preheat oven to 350. Slice baguette into thin slices and place on a cooking sheet. Generously spray the bread with a coat of olive oil cooking spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden and crispy.
Note: Can be made up to 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate, but bring to room temperature along with cheese before serving.
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Produce: dates (fruit)
Whole Grain: baguette (50g serving)
Protein: goat cheese (1/4 cup serving)
Plant Based Fat: olives & olive oil (2 Tbsp serving of tapenade)
Sorry for the lack of post yesterday… but I have good news: New RFFMBT shirts are almost here! Keep checking back because I am hoping to have them listed in the shop later this week! I will make an announcement via my blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter when they are ready for purchase! I have a couple of new designs that I’m really excited for you guys to see as well as my famous “Eat More Rabbit Food” shirts!
Remember when I used to do Toast Tuesdays?! Today’s recipe kind of brings that back to the blog… in a super sophisticated toast way haha. Here’s to this small bite for Toast Tuesday!
Whether you’re entertaining guests, in need of a quick snack, or looking for a simple appetizer for dinner with your family, these Mushroom Crostini are easy peasy to make! I find myself loving the most simple of recipes because you get to experience so much of one flavor in a single bite. These minimal ingredient mushroom crostini were inspired by my trip to the Mycopia Mushroom Farm and are full of earthy flavor and the perfect amount of crunch and chewiness. The flavor of mushrooms cooked in olive oil, salt, and pepper is like no other. Simple, and delicious.
Easy Peasy Mushroom Crostini
Serves 1 – when making this recipe for guests, the more mushrooms the merrier!
4 slices of whole grain baguette, 1/2 inch thick slices
1 cup chopped baby bella mushrooms
1 Tbps olive oil
Pinch of salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay sliced bread on a baking sheet and spray each piece with olive oil cooking spray. Bake for about 15 minutes or until they begin to turn golden brown. While the crostini cook in the oven, heat olive oil in a skillet. Add the mushrooms and cook for about five minutes until they become soft. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss well. Transfer the mushrooms and top on the whole grain crostini. Serve.
Note: I like to use olive oil spray to lighten up my crostini bread. Especially since there is already a serving of olive oil mixed in with the mushrooms! It’s a lighter way to get your bread crispy.
The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown
Whole Grain: baguette slices
Protein: suggestion – complete this meal with a side of 1/2 cup cooked lentils, chickpeas, or beans!
Plant Based Fat: olive oil