Topping Essentials: Three-Olive Steak Topping

Andy Anderson !


This is an easy/peasy recipe to assemble, and I just love the way it enhances a nice steak or a thick slice of roast beef. Is has similar characteristics to a tapenade, but with a bit more get-up-and-go.

So, you ready… let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
10 Min
Stove Top



  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 4 Tbsp
    shallots, chopped
  • 1 large
    bay leaf, dried
  • 1/2 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    dry red wine, i prefer a good bordeaux
  • 5 Tbsp
    kalamata olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 5 Tbsp
    green olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp
    italian parsley, chopped (optional)
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • ·
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed to taste

How to Make Topping Essentials: Three-Olive Steak Topping


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add the olive oil to a small saucepan, over medium-low heat.
  4. Add the shallots, garlic, bay leaf, and crushed red pepper.
  5. Allow to cook until the shallots soften, but do not burn, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  6. Remove the saucepan from the heat, extract the bay leaf, and stir in the olives and red wine.
  7. Chef’s Note: The olives will make or break this recipe. Don’t go mild here… choose the tartest Kalamata and green olives that you can find… and then bring them together with some mild black olives.
  8. Add the parsley (if using), and combine.
  9. Chef’s Note: Season the topping with salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. Chef’s Tip: If the topping is too thick, you can add a bit of additional wine to thin it out.
  12. Brighten with a bit of lemon juice, and then serve as a topping over your favorite steak (or other protein). Enjoy.
  13. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Topping Essentials: Three-Olive Steak Topping

Course/Dish: Salsas
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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