Olive and Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade Crostini

Olive Tapenade

I was contacted by Mezzetta awhile back with information on how to throw a 20 minute Miracle Party. Um 20 minutes? Yeah, do tell me more please ; ) So they graciously sent me a few complimentary jars of Mezzetta Products and some information & ideas on how to pull this off… So are you a little skeptical? I sure was. But hey, I’m game… so bring it on…

Olive Tapenade Crostini

I do always try to keep things simple when I’m entertaining at home. I do as much before hand as possible so that I can enjoy my time with my friends. But of course, Italians have known this secret to effortless entertaining – keep it simple & use the best quality ingredients available. & When entertaining, I think an appetizer spread is a great option! So go ahead & cross off entertaining from your list this holiday season. With a quick trip to the market & a handful of Mezzetta products you can create the ultimate 20 minute Mezzetta Miracle Party! I did!

Olive Tapenade Crostini

The friendly folks at Mezzetta even put together the following list of ideas to get you started. Here’s what they suggested…

MEZZETTA MARTINI BAR: Get the party started right by offering savory, spicy, traditional or even a Gibson with Mezzetta’s selection of Martini Olives, Stuffed Olives & yes, of course Cocktail Onions.

MAKE ME A CROSTINI: Create a tasty spread of crostini toppers for guests to choose from like Roasted Red Pepper & Feta, Lemon Artichoke Parmigiano, Ricotta & Kalamata Olive, Baked Goat Cheese in Marinara

TRIO OF TAPENADES: Whip up Mezzetta’s easy recipes for a Sun-Dried Tomato, Kalamata Olive and Artichoke and Green Olive Tapenade and add them to your Crostini bar for additional flavors & colors.

ULTIMATE ANTIPASTI: Pair some of your favorite meats & cheeses w/Artichoke Hearts, Red/Yellow Roasted Peppers, Castelvetrano Olives, Golden Greek Peperonicini & anything else your heart desires!

I had a party to go to this weekend & this was a fabulous opportunity to put this to the test! I decided to make my own variation of a Crostini w/Sun Dried Tomato & Olive Tapenade using my complimentary Mezzetta products! It was DEE-LICIOUS! & a complete smash hit at the party! It made enough Tapenade to cover 2 large baguettes so it’s definitely budget friendly which is an added bonus! In the time the Crostini were toasting you could whip up the Tapenade Mixture in the Food Processor! Does it get any easier than that? I think not!


Olive & Sundried Tomato Tapenade Crostini


  • 1 cup garlic stuffed oliives - Drained
  • 1 cup black olives - Drained
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespooncapers - Drained
  • 1/2 cup sun-ripened dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1/3 cup - 1/2 cup olive oil (reserved from sundried tomatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme
  • 1 baguette


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Remove garlic cloves from olives and set aside.
  3. Place olives, 2 cloves of garlic, capers and sun dried tomatoes into food processor and pulse gently. You do NOT want to this become a sauce. It needs to have texture.
  4. Add in herbs and gently pulse. Slowly stream in the olive oil just until combined.
  5. Slice baguette, gently brush a light coat of olive oil on top and toast slices until golden and crisp.
  6. Spread tapenade mixture on top of crostini & garnish with a single sprig of Parsley.





  1. 1

    mmmmmm. So many to choose from! I guess the Sun ripened Dried Tomatos or the Garlic stuffed olives.. ( so I can make your fab recipe!!!)

  2. 2

    Garlic-stuffed olives FTW! FruHubs loves them in martinis, and I just love to eat themope I win some!!!

  3. 3

    I can’t pick a favorite! Right now in my fridge I’ve got Golden Peperoncini, Hot Chili Peppers (those fiery vinegary “sport peppers”), Martini Olives (marinated in vermouth, yum!), and Chicago Style Italian Sandwich Mix (giardiniera), and that’s only because I’m out of capers and sun-dried tomatoes.

  4. 4
    Philip Milano /

    Garlic Stuffed Olives. Imagine that on homemade pizza!!!

  5. 5
    Kristie Frey Traver /

    I love the Roasted Bell Peppers. Use them all the time in pasta dishes. And I’m ALWAYS looking for recipes in which to use them (hint, hint, hint)

  6. 6

    Their products look very good- I probably could try all of them but I love pickled vegetables , so I would go with that for beginners.

  7. 7
    Jackie /

    Garlic stuffed olives!!! 😉

  8. 8

    Scrumptious pesto and stellar giveaway!

  9. 9

    Thanks for this post, and I’d love to win this give away. I love their products.

  10. 10
    Adele /

    I use the roasted peppers the most, but have used a lot of their products in preparations.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. 11
    Wendy /

    I always have capers and roasted red peppers in my fridge – but I’m really wanting to try that marinara sauce! That hasn’t made it to my grocery store yet 🙁

  12. 12

    Your tapenade looks fantastic, and just the ideal thing for entertaining at home.

  13. 13

    Great post. I need these ideas for my New Year’s party! I love Mezzetta’s products. I just bought their roasted red peppers 2 days ago, now you know what is my favorite!

  14. 14
    Lucy /

    I have to add my name to the list of Garlic stuffed olives as one of my favorites, I always use them in my olive tapenade and sliced on cheese pizza!

  15. 15
    Caroline Marushack /

    Mmmm, the roasted red peppers with feta crostini are making me drool!!

  16. 16

    OLIVES ARE MY MOST FAVORITE FOOD EVER 🙂 I would love to win this! I am so in love with olives I get a jar for Christmas every year 🙂

  17. 17

    Roasted red peppers, all the way!

  18. 18

    I’m obsessed with the Red Bell Peppers… I love them… I make an olive tapenade with them and it makes me happy… especially when combined with a goat cheese spread…

    I’m intrigued with the idea of a 20 min party though!!

  19. 19

    My favorite is the roasted red peppers. I use them all the time in recipes. those garlic stuffed olives sound delicious. I’ve got to check my local store for those. Thanks for the great entertaining ideas.

  20. 20
    Mylynka /

    I love their Roasted Red Peppers. I never have time to roast my own these days and theirs taste so delicious. I use them for a roasted red pepper dip, a torta I make for parties, and just in anything I want to add a little zip to!

  21. 21
    Tasha /

    I love their Roasted Red Peppers. I try to always have a jar handy! Great giveaway & love the Crostini recipe!

  22. 22

    Yum! I love easy entertaining ideas… I am a big fan of roasted red peppers… I put them in everything.

  23. 23
    TallieAnn /

    Mezzetta’s Garlic Stuffed Olives are the best olives I’ve ever had. I eat about one jar of them per week. They go great in Bloody Marys!

  24. 24

    Awesome recipe! Tapanade is one of my fav party go-to’s 🙂

  25. 25
    Elaine /

    Olives soaked in vermouth? Um, yes please!

  26. 26
    Ann Walker /

    I LOVE the roasted red peppers! Thanks for doing the give-away!

  27. 27

    Fabulous post ~ and giveaway! I would love to try some!

  28. 28

    I could eat the ENTIRE JAR of garlic stuffed olives in one sitting. DIVINE, I tell you. Ummmm… I’m drooling just thinking about it 😛

  29. 29
    lisa Bailey /

    I was fortunate enough to be at the party where Paula brought this fabulous spread. It’s so yummy. I will be making it myself very soon. Thanks.

  30. 30

    The nostalgia of their pepperoncini I think just has to be it. I grew up on them and I always remember pulling that big jar out of the fridge. They are still one of my favorite things to sneak on to anything and everything I can.

  31. 31
    carol /

    I always have their roasted peppers on hand – have a soft spot in my heart for the garlic stuffed olives.

  32. 32
    Caity /

    I’ve never tried any of their products, so I would love to experiment. I love any sort of garlic stuffed olive though 🙂

  33. 33
    Christy Broxton /

    My hubs is a fan of the pepperoncini — so that would be a must to try out. Great recipe too, btw. Can’t wait to give it a try

  34. 34
    Sue A. /

    Italian Mix Giardiniera!! Love it. Would love to try the Marinara – haven’t seen that in the store yet.


  35. 35

    yum! your tapenade looks scrumptious! i’d love to try the Garlic & Dill Golden Greek Peperoncini from Mezzetta on a cheesy and savory panini. mmmm!

  36. 36

    I always have a jar of Giant Spanish Olives from Mezzeta, so delish!! Would love to win this! Great recipe!

  37. 37
    Lesley C. /

    Love the calamata olives! Not overly salty.

  38. 38

    I love the roasted red peppers. They are great for cooking!

  39. 39

    I love the roasted bell peppers!

  40. 40
    Karen /

    Oh that looks so yummy!

  41. 41

    I love the garlic stuffed olives the most, but I also always have capers, italian mix & pepperocinis in my fridge. This recipe looks great, I’m thinking it will have to be on the menu Christmas eve for our appetizer party, thanks!

  42. 42
    Heather Egolf /

    I love their marinara sauces, so yummy

  43. 43

    I would go for the Homemade style Marinara! Great recipe, btw! 🙂

  44. 44
    Linda /


  45. 45

    Tough call – I’d have to go with garlic stuffed olives, partially because my husband hates olives so I’d get to eat the whole jar myself.
    I stumbled upon you from someone’s RT on twitter – your blog is gorgeous, by the way!

  46. 46
    Anna Shingleton /

    Ooh, pick me, pick me! What an amazing recipe, I’m going to HAVE to try this one! It looks delicious!

  47. 47
    JennyWhiskey /

    FOaming at the mouth as i type….this looks so O-mazing. I would say the Marinara. I an finicky about Jar sauce but this one I would definitely except into my pantry

  48. 48

    Garlic stuffed olives. Every time. Thank you!

  49. 49
    kristin loper /

    the homeade style marinera is so yummy!

  50. 50

    I love their products use them often……………..so handy for pop in company around this time of the year. Seems when you have a drink for guests a simple appetizer or three is greatly appreciated.

  51. 51
    Annie Ritter /

    I love all of their stuffed olives-the jalepeno and blue cheese are my favorites. And, I try to keep a jar of capers at the ready at all times.

  52. 52

    The garlic stuffed olives are a favorite here!

  53. 53

    What great products to have on hand during the busy holiday season. I love having impromptu get-togethers with friends and to be able to whip together a fabulous appetizer in minutes is a real godsend!

  54. 54

    I usually have a jar of their roasted red peppers on hand – they’re great for panini!

  55. 55

    I have to pick one favorite? OK, then, roasted red peppers…love to use them in so many things!!

  56. 56

    Gonna have to say the Marinara. I am always on the hunt for a bottled sauce for when I just don’t feel like makingmy own. Which, actually, is most of the time! Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. 57

    Oh I believe the garlic stuffed olives would be a great way for me to meet a nice Italian man. I LOVE Garlic!!!! baci bella!

  58. 58

    OMG roasted red peppers are my best friend!!!

  59. 59
    Heidi Kratzke /

    I love love to try this. So yummy!

  60. 60
    Amy /

    I like the homemade style marinara. It can be used for so many dishes, esp. pasta.

  61. 61

    This does look really tasty! I love their olives and red peppers. If they actually were to become more than a snack for me (open jar, insert olive into mouth) I’d love to make something like this!

  62. 62

    That looks so tasty!


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