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Castelvetrano Olives

Eight Dishes that Taste Better with Olives

Jeff's Naturals Olives

There is something irresistible about Greek olives that makes them a favorite among foodies. What makes them so unique? Is it the salty, briny flavor? The meaty texture? The distinctive shape or the rich colors? Whatever it may be, olives are a staple in Mediterranean households and the highlight of many healthy dishes.

Here are eight dishes that simply taste better when you add wholesome ingredients like Kalamata Olives, Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, Castelvetrano Olives, Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives, Garlic Stuffed Olives & Jalapeño Stuffed Olives from Jeff’s Naturals.

Pizza

Shake things up on pizza night with some unexpected ingredients like Roasted Bell Peppers, an assortment of sliced olives, pesto, goat cheese and a sprinkling of minced fresh herbs.  Kalamata Olives & Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives can also add  more flavor and punch to an old fashioned pepperoni pizza.

Pizza

Tacos

Spice up your Taco Night by adding sliced Jalapeño Stuffed Olives to your filling. Don’t stop there!  Our Garlic Stuffed Olives & Jalapeño Stuffed Olives go great with burritos, quesadillas and even nachos! You can also make an outstanding guacamole by adding chopped Jalapeño Stuffed Olives to mashed avocado along with a diced tomato and a squeeze of lime. Ole!

Beef, Chicken & Fish

Roughly chop your favorite Jeff’s Naturals olives and/or our Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto and scatter over grilled steak, chicken or vegetables and drizzle with a bit of its marinade.

Olives go great with just about any variety of fish. For any easy sauce, sauté diced onions and minced garlic in olive oil, toss in a handful of sliced or pitted Kalamata Olives and a cup or two of diced tomatoes. Simmer and serve over fish with a garnish of minced fresh herbs.

Dress up grilled tilapia or mahi mahi with an easy homemade Artichoke and Green Olive Tapenade.  You can also make a mean olive pesto sauce to serve with fish like this excellent recipe for Encrusted Salmon with Olive Pesto.

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Salad

Salads and olives go together like bread and butter. When it comes to salad creations, the sky’s the limit. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add distinction to a classic Caesar salad with sliced Garlic Stuffed Olives.
  • Mix together pitted Castelvetrano Olives with mixed baby greens, orange sections, shaved fennel and a light lemon vinaigrette for a beautiful and refreshing side salad.
  • Toss Jeff’s Naturals™ Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto, along with its marinade, with romaine lettuce and tomato wedges. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and top with crumbled feta cheese for a super quick and delicious side salad.
  • Our Organic Pitted Whole Kalamata Olives combined with feta cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olive oil and red wine vinegar make for a very easy and refreshing Greek salad.

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Snacks

Olives are meant for snacking. In fact, in Mediterranean countries like Greece and Italy, olives are one of the most popular snack foods (much healthier than chips)!  On your next snack break, why not try our Garlic Stuffed Olives with hummus and warm pita bread? Better yet, top the warm pita and hummus with Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto and feta cheese.

Entertaining friends and family? Create a beautiful antipasto platter using Garlic Stuffed Olives, Whole Golden Greek Peperoncini, Roasted Red Bell Peppers, and assorted meats and cheeses.

 antipasto platter

Pasta & Spaghetti Dishes

Mama mia! Olives add wonderful flavor and depth to most pasta dishes. For example, you can stir sliced Garlic Stuffed Olives into your favorite pasta sauce. Form meatballs around our Garlic Stuffed Olives for a delicious and surprising treat in your spaghetti sauce.

You could also toss sliced Kalamata Olives with hot pasta and a dash of olive oil and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a quick and delicious meal! For a colorful and satisfying pasta salad, add sliced olives to cooked pasta and toss with Roasted Red Bell Peppers, marinated Artichoke Hearts and red wine vinaigrette.

Pasta-Nicoise

Sandwiches & Burgers

Sliced stuffed olives can transform ordinary burgers and sandwiches into an extraordinary meal when used as a topping. Upgrade your grilled cheese sandwich or Panini with sliced stuffed olives for a gourmet treat! For a yummy surprise, mix diced stuffed olives into burger patties, grill and top with melted cheese.

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Omelets

Olives for breakfast?  Indeed!  Give your breakfast a Mediterranean flavor by adding chopped Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto to your morning omelet.  You can also make an irresistible omelet by adding Kalamata OlivesSun-Ripened Dried Tomatoes, fresh herbs and a dollop of tangy goat cheese or crumbled feta.

 

Here are some additional recipes featuring Jeff’s Naturals Olives. Enjoy!

Pasta Nicoise
Indian Summer Palette Salad
Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini
Encrusted Salmon with Olive Pesto
Deep Dish Party Pizzas
Mediterranean Couscous
Watermelon, Olive, Jalapeño and Feta Salad

For more inspiration and to learn more about our products, please visit our recipe page.

 

 

Simple Ways to Treat Yourself with Garlic Stuffed Olives & Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto

Jeff's Naturals Garlic Olives Antipasto

April is National Garlic Month, so we are highlighting some of our favorite ways to enjoy Jeff’s Naturals Garlic Stuffed Olives & Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto! Each delectable olive is hand stuffed with locally grown garlic of California, typically within 48 hours of harvest. The quality, consistency and addictive nature of these olives are unrivaled.  Learn more about the farm to table story of our garlic.

Simple serving Ideas for Jeff’s Naturals Garlic Stuffed Olives & Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto

  • Toss Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto into a salad with a delicious vinaigrette made by whisking a bit of it’s marinade with extra virgin olive oil.
Recipe: Rainbow Chard with Garlic Stuffed Olives
Recipe: Rainbow Chard with Garlic Stuffed Olives –Click here for recipe.
Recipe: Artichoke-Green Olive Tapenade
Artichoke and Green Olive Tapenade- Click here for recipe.
Jeff's Naturals Bloody Mary
Jeff’s Naturals Bloody Mary-Click here for recipe.

For more inspiration and to learn more about our products, please visit our recipe page.

Garlic

From Local Farms to Your Table- The Story Behind Jeff’s Naturals Garlic Stuffed Olives

Garlic
April is National Garlic Month!

Throughout history, garlic has been utilized all over the world for its medicinal purposes and unique flavor. It’s versatility makes it a staple in everything from Asian to Mediterranean to Southwestern cuisine. In honor of National Garlic Month, we thought this would be a great time to give our garlic some due recognition.

If you have ever tried one of our Garlic Stuffed Olives, you’d understand why it’s a favorite among our consumers. The quality, consistency and addictive nature of these large, buttery olives hand stuffed with plump and savory cloves of garlic are simply unrivaled.

They can be enjoyed as a snack right out of the jar or used to garnish a bountiful Bloody Mary,  add flavor to your salad,  perk up a morning omelet and so much more!

From Farm to Table- The Story of Our Garlic

Garlic-Stuffed-OlivesWhere does our garlic come from?
The garlic used in Jeff’s Naturals Garlic Stuffed Olives is sourced from local family run farms in Gilroy (also known as the “Garlic Capitol of the World”) and Bakersfield, California.

Why do we only use locally grown California garlic?
Garlic from California is simply better. The mild climate near the coast in California is perfect for growing garlic (preferable over the garlic from China), and our consumers get a much fresher product with more flavor.

How many pounds of garlic does Jeff’s Naturals use every year?
Our materials manager estimates we currently use about 15,000 pounds of garlic each year, and hope to double that number in the coming years!

When is the garlic harvested?
The garlic harvest season is July through September.

What happens to the garlic once it is harvested?
Since we harvest during the hot summer months, the garlic is brought in to special cooling rooms immediately after harvesting in the field (garlic needs to be cooled or else it will spoil in the heat). Once the garlic is cooled, it is peeled and placed in boxes before it is loaded onto refrigerated trucks where it stays fresh as it is transported to our Napa Valley production facility.

How long does will it take to make our Garlic Stuffed Olives?
The entire process usually happens within 48 hours of harvest. Once the garlic arrives, we almost immediately begin the process of handstuffing stuffing the olives (sourced from family farms in the Mediterranean) before we put them into jars and ship them to your local natural foods store for you enjoy.

Jeff's Naturals Garlic

Now that you know the story behind our fresh garlic, click here for simple serving ideas to help you enjoy Jeff’s Naturals Garlic Stuffed Olives and Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto even more!

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“The Garlic Capital of America” to Host Annual Garlic Festival This Weekend

What could possibly draw an estimated 100,000+ people to Gilroy, CA every summer for the past 36 years? Garlic of course!

The Gilroy Garlic Festival, one of the largest food festivals in the country, is a 3-day celebration of Gilroy’s robust garlic crop filled with incredible garlicky food,  beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, a children’s area and so much more. This year’s festival is happening this weekend, July 25-27, 2014 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, about 30 miles south of San Jose off Highway 101.

We, at Jeff’s Naturals, are fans of this festival not only because it raises millions of dollars for various local charities, but because each of our delectable Garlic Stuffed olives are hand stuffed with plump and savory cloves of garlic that were grown in nearby…..you guessed it……Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the U.S.

If you ever have a chance to go, we highly recommend it! Here are 10 Garlic Festival attractions you must see:

1: Gourmet Alley Food
2: Free Garlic Ice Cream
3: Flame-ups by Gourmet Alley Pyro Chefs
4: Cook-off Theater
5: Arts & Crafts
6: Children’s Area
7: Gourmet Alley Demonstration Stage
8: Wine Pavilion
9: Amphitheater
10: Mercantile

The “Pyro Chefs” in Gourmet Alley put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Photo Source: gilroygarlicfestival.com
Learn how garlic is harvested in the field by watching local experts compete in the garlic topping competition.
Learn how garlic is harvested in the field by watching local experts compete in the garlic topping competition. Photo Source: gilroygarlicfestival.com
Carla Hall of ABC-TV’s “The Chew” hosted the Garlic Showdown and charmed Cook-Off Theater attendees with a cooking demonstration.
Carla Hall of ABC-TV’s “The Chew” hosted the Garlic Showdown and charmed Cook-Off Theater attendees with a cooking demonstration. Photo Source: gilroygarlicfestival.com

So when you are enjoying one of our garlic stuffed olives, take a moment to appreciate the family farms in Gilroy where these plump and savory cloves of garlic came from. To learn more about this unique festival, it’s history and the wonderful work these volunteers do for their community, visit gilroygarlicfestival.com.

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