Recipe for Greek Style Fried Olives

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Variations of this recipe can be found throughout Greece, but are especially popular on islands such as Crete. This recipe involves stuffing the center of each olive with crumbled feta. However, you can omit that step if you don’t want to do it and follow the recipe as usual.

Greek Style Fried Olives Recipe Ingredients:

  • 20-40 Pitted Greek olives, such as Kalamata
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled, dried Greek oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Greek olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup flour (use gluten free flour if following a gluten free diet)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Greek olive oil, for frying

Instructions to Prepare Greek Style Fried Olives:

Place the olives into a strainer and rinse with cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.

Add the feta, oregano, and lemon juice to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Using a small spoon or knife, stuff each olive with the feta mixture. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the flour, milk, and egg. Whisk together until smooth. Set aside.

Pour olive oil into a deep skillet so it covers an inch up the side of the pan. Set the heat on medium and let the oil warm for a few minutes.

Dip each olive into the batter and place in the oil. Cook the olives until golden brown in color. Remove the olives from the pan using a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. You will need to cook the olives in batches to avoid overcrowding.

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