Tapenade

Tapenade history dates to the Middle Ages [tapəˈnad]; is a Provençal name for a dish consisting of puréed or finely chopped olives, capers, and anchovies. It is a popular food in the Mediterranean countries.

The base ingredients of tapenade are Olives, Capers, Asparagus, Peppers, Artichoke, different vegetables can be used. The vegetables are chopped finely, crushed, or blended. Then olive oil is added gradually until the mixture becomes a paste.

Tapenade may be used as part of an appetizer served as a topping, to spread on crusty bread or crudités. It may be used as a condiment, as well. Tapenade is also used in preparing fish and poultry dishes. The Olive Tapenade is the perfect appetizer to bring to the cocktail party.

BENEFITS

Olives are especially rich in monounsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fats, specifically those found in olives and olive oil, have been extensively studied and are linked with significant health benefits. Olives do contain fat, but it is the healthy monounsaturated kind, which has been found to shrink the risk of atherosclerosis and increase good cholesterol. Black olives are a great source of vitamin E, which has the brilliant ability to neutralize free radicals in body fat.

Asparagus is another great fat-burning food. ... Asparagus contains the chemical asparagine, and it is an alkaloid that directly affects the cells and breaks down fat. It also contains a chemical that helps remove waste from the body, which in turns helps reduce fat level.

Piquillo peppers are rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A, B, C and E. Research say that the vitamin C content in piquillo peppers is almost similar to that of citrus fruits, and their beta carotene content is similar to that of carrots. Piquillo Peppers are highly beneficial for those experiencing poor sleep quality. This plant has neurological and psychological effects that help the production of the hormone melatonin.