Great for an appetizer, or use as an extra special relish for a sandwich (my favorite - panini), this Tomato Tapenade is a family favorite recipe. I've been making it for almost 10 years now. Everyone loves it - guests, family and even my kids!
1 c. sundried tomatoes
3 T. pine nuts
1 T. olive oil, plus 3 T. olive oil (divided)
3 T. Parmesan cheese
2 T. chopped fresh basil
1 clove garlic
salt and pepper to taste
(if serving as an appetizer, you'll also need a loaf of french bread or tasty crackers)
In a small bowl cover the sundried tomatoes with about 1/4-1/2 cups boiling water. Let stand about 15 minutes. Then drain.
Meanwhile, stir fry 3 T. pine nuts in about 1 T. olive oil, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
In a food processor or blender, whirl together all ingredients except remaining 3 T. olive oil. Stir in olive oil.
Your tomato tapenade is ready! For an extra tasty appetizer, spread on 1/4 inch thick french bread slices and sprinkle 1 T. mozzarella cheese on top. Broil for 3-5 minutes until bubbly.
As noted above, tomato tapenade is delicious on sandwiches as a special relish. Let your imagination (and your stomach) be your guide!