Olives with Fennel Seeds & Orange

olivesA Holiday Hostess Gift

It’s always nice to bring a unique, handmade gift to one’s hostess over the holidays.  I think if you bring something you made, it makes it more special.  This is a one of the simplest recipes.  You need to buy some nice jars, decorate them with a personalized sticker, nice ribbon, etc.

You may even be asked back!

Olives with Fennel Seeds & Orange

Makes about 2 cups.

2 cups assorted brined olives, such as Gaeta, Kalamata, and Nicoise, rinsed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for filling jars
1/4 tsp crushed red-pepper flakes
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
2 bay leaves
Four strips (4 inches) orange zest
2 Tbs white-wine vinegar

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer to jars. Fill jars with remaining oil. Refrigerate immediately for at least 8 hours and up to 2 weeks. Drain before serving.

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