One of the first things you hand your guests when they visit for the Holidays is usually a drink of some sort.  Well, here is a great way to intrigue your guests at your next Holiday party.  Serve these delicious stuffed olives in a martini glass – A fun twist on the classic martini!

Cheers!

Irene
xoxo
Deep Fried Stuffed Olives with Vodka Spiked Aioli

Ingredients:
Stuffing:

24 large green pitted olives
125g of soft Greek feta or Goat Cheese
½ tsp of grated lemon rind
Pinch of each dried thyme and oregano
Roasted garlic
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Breading:
½ cup of dry Italian bread crumbs
¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup of flour
1 egg beaten
Oil for frying
Vodka Spiked Aioli:
½ cup quality mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. of your favourite vodka (increase based on your desire of alcohol)
1 small clove of garlic, finely minced
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Method:
Make the stuffing: Combine feta, lemon rind, thyme, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.

Prepare your coating: Set up a dish with flour.  Season flour with salt and pepper.  In a separate dish, combine bread crumbs and Parmesan.

Stuff your olives:  Use a butter knife to fill the cavity of the olive with the cheese mixture.  

Coat your olives:  Roll olives in the flour mixture first, then dip in egg mixture, and, finally, roll in bread crumb mixture.  Place on a dish and set aside.  Set up your oil to fry your olives.

Fry your olives: Add enough oil to fill pan ½ inch deep, heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry olives a few at a time turning until golden brown.  Drain olives on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.  Once the olives are cool enough to handle, skewer 3 fried olives onto a bamboo skewer.  Serve warm.

Make the Aioli:  Whisk all of ingredients together until evenly incorporated into the mayonnaise.  Put a dollop into the bottom of a martini glass.  Add a skewer of the olives to the glass.  Garnish with lemon zest.

Food Styling & Photography by:  Irene Matys

With Love,
Daily Tiramisu

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