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Olives Scaciati

Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Yield Makes 6 cups
Double the recipe--as we did here--for a dramatic presentation that will feed a large group.


  • 2 pounds large, unpitted green olives
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch celery pieces with leaves
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

How to Make It

  1. Wash olives, and drain. Gently pound each olive with a wooden mallet to open. (Don't mash, and don't remove pit.) Place olives and celery in a large bowl.

  2. Whisk together olive oil and next 5 ingredients until blended; pour over olive mixture, tossing to coat. Cover and chill 8 hours. Refrigerate up to 1 month. Serve at room temperature.