Easy, Tasty Appetizer: Tapenade Toasts

Ok, so this technically isn’t a traditional tapenade. It’s chunkier, and doesn’t use capers (this is the perfect level of salty already). But these were delicious and I immediately wanted a glass of red wine to go with them (and the ridiculously good pizza that was part of the meal – coming soon to a blog near you!).

These were such an easy, savory bite – they were gone in seconds and I accidentally ate more than my share :(

Here’s what you need:

  • Slices of baguette – about four per person, if there are no other appetizers
  • Thin-sliced cured meat, such as cracked pepper-rolled salami (a half slice per toast)
  • One roma tomato (per two people)
  • 5-7 kalamata olives
  • 1 Tbsp chopped, fresh oregano
  • A bit of olive oil, salt and pepper

Start by distributing the meat on top of the toast. I don’t love the aesthetic of the slice – this might have looked a little nicer if I had torn the meat or used bigger toasts so I didn’t have to divid them at all. But oh well.

Chop all of your ingredients in a fine dice and combine on the cutting board (nevermind the dates – those are for the pizza). Add just a tiny sprinkle of olive oil and season with salt and a lot of pepper. Mix together with your fingers and spoon a hearty spoonful onto each piece of baguette.

Toast in a lowish oven or a toaster oven (ideal) for five minutes or so – you are looking for a little bit of browning on the bread, and for the rest of the ingredients to be warm. Serve while warm and I highly do recommend the red wine on the side.

Note: You may notice that unlike almost everything that we eat, this contains no cheese. That is because of the saltiness of this appetizer – it is pitch perfect the way it is. If you want cheese, skip the meat… or skip the olives, I suppose, but then it really wouldn’t be a tapenade!


  1. I strongly hope that you practice making this recipe again this weekend! Looks phenomenal! I’m looking forward to the first-hand observation of PDX food love! I think i will also flag for my own personal use too! Seems like it would be a great appetizer for a party too!

    Comment by Laura — May 7, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  2. […] Easy, Tasty Appetizer: Tapenade Toasts […]

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  3. Glad you like it! We should do plenty of cooking this weekend.

    Comment by bekky — May 8, 2012 @ 10:00 am

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