Portuguese Green Olive Dip or Sauce (For the Azores Leg of CQ #3)

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"This recipe was originally entered at our prior recipe "home". It was found at Leite's Culinaria when I went in search of olive recipes. David Leite is the author of THE NEW PORTUGUESE TABLE COOKBOOK & an expert on the Portuguese cuisine & how it has influenced life in the Azores since that's where he lives. He serves this as a dip w/crudités & crackers/bread OR as a sauce for grilled fish. He cautioned readers not to make this in a food proc since the bowls of most proc are too lrg to allow the scant amt of ingredients to reach the right consistency. A sml narrow blender, mini-chopper or handheld blender work best. 1 reviewer solved this issue by doubling the recipe & was glad she did when it proved to so popular w/her guests. I hope it will be equally well-rec'd by you. (Yield & times have been estimated) ENJOY!"

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (60 g)
  • Calories 274.7
  • Total Fat - 29.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 4.4 mg
  • Sodium - 240.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 1.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.5 g
  • Sugars - 0.7 g
  • Protein - 1.6 g
  • Calcium - 31.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Add the 1/3 cup milk, anchovies, garlic, 2/3 of the cilantro + the pepper to a blender & pulse to combine. W/the motor running, pour the oil in what the Portuguese call a "fio" (or fine thread). Keep whirring until the oil is incorporated & the mixture thickens (30 sec to 1 1/2 min depending on the equipment).

Step 2

Scrape the dip into a serving bowl & stir in the olives. Mince the remaining cilantro, sprinkle on top & serve. If the dip thickens more than desired, stir in 1-2 tbsp of milk.

NOTE: I don't know you feel, but I'm more intrigued w/the idea of using this "dip" as a sauce w/grilled fish or maybe even chicken breasts. It does seem likely the addition of extra milk would be needed for sauce consistency. Just a thought

Tips & Variations

  • Standard blender, mini-chopper or handheld stick-blender