I’m 1/4 Greek, you know. My great-grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1909 and my great-grandmother arrived in 1923, both passing through Ellis Island. I credit my Greek heritage with my love of bold flavors, especially in olives of all kinds. So I created this pie as a cold appetizer in which Greek Kalamata olives are the stars of the show.
I added citrus to the crust and as a garnish for an unexpected pop of bright flavor. The citrus plays tricks on your mind: you’d swear when eating this that there’s sweetener in the crust, but nope! Just half an orange’s worth of zest folded into the crust and half a lemon’s worth as a garnish. Add mint and sesame and you’ve got an unusual yet tasty offering for a mezze spread.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion
- 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, shredded
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8" tart pan and set aside.
- Combine the ingredients for the crust in a medium mixing bowl.
- Press into the tart pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. The surface of the crust should be foamy and oily when you remove it from the oven but will dry as it cools.
- To make the filling, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet. Thinly slice the 1/2 onion and sautee until very soft.
- Let the onion cool, then add the olives and mix in the pan. Transfer the olive mixture to the cooled crust.
- Grate the zest of 1/2 lemon over the pie, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds and mint.
- Serve cold or at room temperature.
- This pie is best served the same day that it is made.