This marinated olives and cheese dish combines briny Castelvetrano olives with firm, buttery cheese and marinated for a delicious and easy appetizer that works for a holiday party and any other time of the year.
I tend to think that people who say they don’t like olives just haven’t had the right kind of olive yet. Did you know that there are well over 100 different varieties of olives? So many more than just the black olives and green olives that you see in the store. But for my money, the very best olive is the Castelvetrano olive. They’re meaty and have a salty-sweet, buttery flavor to them. I always urge people who say they don’t like olives to try Castelvetrano’s before deciding.
This dish marries the olives with firm and buttery parmesan cheese, but you could use any firm cheese – pecorino romano, grana Padano, or even block feta - they would all be delicious!