Tapenade with a Twist

Tapenade with a Twist

  • Prep: 24 hr 10 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Total: 24 hr 22 min
  • Serving: Makes 3 cups

This tasty Tapenade with a Twist recipe is made with a base of mixed mushrooms to give it wonderful texture and a unique and hearty consistency. Use it as a spread or toss it with hot pasta for a wonderful additional of flavor.


  • 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 pound fresh cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 pound fresh shitake mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons of a combination of fresh minced herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, marjoram
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 pound brine-cured black Greek Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons small capers, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. Place 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once it begins to shimmer, add the mushrooms, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper, and cook the mixture for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the wine into the pan and cook the mushrooms over medium-low heat for 7 minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Place the cooled mushroom mixture, olives, capers and lemon juice into a food processor, and process until finely chopped. With the processor on, slowly pour the remaining oil down the processor flute and process until blended.
  4. Transfer the Tapenade to a bowl, cover and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld. Serve at room temperature.


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