Warm Olives

This is a good dish to have at a party or just to eat any time you want to with different cheeses and an assortment of crackers.

1 cup olives with pits (use an assortment of flavors and colors)
2 tsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and quartered (more if you like a lot of garlic)
1 chile, fresh or dried
3 thyme or savory sprigs
2 strips of orange or lemon zest.

Rinse olives in strainer under running water. Set aside to drain.

Heat olive oil in small heavy pan, add drained olives, garlic, chile, thyme citrus zest. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until olives are warm all the way through.

Turn off heat and leave them in the warm pan for a few minutes before serving.

Serve warm if possible.

Makes 1 cup

Variations:

Substitute other herbs for the thyme and savory.

Add whole seeds such as fennel, cumin, caraway or black mustard seed.

Add a few pinches of cayenne or paprika.

Enjoy!!!