Delicious “While You Wait” Holiday Recipe

Delicious “While You Wait” Holiday Recipe

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Holidays are fun. The family is in town, the kids are running around, everyone is catching up and having a good time. Except for one thing, we’re all starving! Forget having to deal with your in-laws, or those fun new words your nieces and nephews are teaching your toddler,  few things will test your patience like waiting for your holiday meal to be served. Ant so-and-so has nothing on the time it takes for your turkey to hit the table. No matter how beautiful it looks in my new Cristel roaster from Southern Kitchen.


Holiday Recipe
Look at that bird, just taking its sweet time…

Walnuts and figs just aren’t cutting it sometimes and your guests need a little more sustenance. While cooking all day in the kitchen few of us have the wherewithal to figure out clever snack ideas, until now… cue the olives.

Herbed Olive Butter

I recently discovered Einkorn at my local farm. Einkorn is a type of wheat commonly used in the South of France, and its packed with protein. It isn’t exactly bad on the eyes either! It was perfect to set up for a wine/bread station, paired perfectly with the salty bite of the Olive & Thyme Butter. This was perfect for snacking and sipping all while the turkey was doing its thing in the oven.

I love olives and cheese with wine, so I decided to mix it up and create a tapenade of sorts. I took my favorite raw butter from the same farm I purchased the freshly baked bread and whipped it up really quickly. Then, I added a handful of my favorite kalamata olives with a few sprigs of fresh crushed thyme. The thyme really brought out the flavor in the olives and gave it a nice touch. Breaking bread around the table with a little wine can take the edge off of waiting around and really get the party started.

Herbed Olive Butter

Herbed Olive Butter


  • 1/2lb of seasoned kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter (preferably raw)
  • 1 loaf of Einkorn Sourdough Bread sliced


  1. Mince olives and add to softened butter. Mix well until incorporated, sprinkle with fresh thyme.
  2. Slice bread into thinly and serve!
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Besides, look at this beauty! Well worth the wait…

Holiday Recipe

This post was made possible by the good folks at Southern Kitchen. I’m obsessed with their high-quality selection of kitchen items. The Cristel roaster I received made all the difference in my Thanksgiving dinner this year. I can’t wait to try my first pot roast!

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Herbed Olive Butter

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