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!
Deep Fried Stuffed Olives with Vodka Spiked Aioli
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
Salt and freshly ground pepper
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
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