This is a recipe for Panisses, or Greek flat breads. They are usually eaten with black olive tapenade, but they are also delicious just by themselves.

The olive tapenade recipe is a delicious appetizer that can be made with black olives. It goes well with bread or pita chips.


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Panisses are deep-fried chickpea flour chips that are ideal for dipping in tapenade as a Provençal substitute for fries and ketchup. Make the panisses ahead of time since the batter must cool and solidify before being cut and cooked.

Note: To give time for the panisses to cool, start this recipe at least 6 hours before you intend to dine, or even the day before.


Methods Explained in Detail

  • Step No 1

    You’ll need a small baking pan that’s 20cm square and coated with cling film that’s firmly pushed into the corners.

  • Step No 2

    In a saucepan, boil 1 litre of water and the butter over medium heat. Bring to a moderate simmer, then rapidly sift in the chickpea flour, allowing the butter to melt. As the mixture thickens, use a whisk to rapidly beat it for a couple of minutes. Reduce to a low heat, season to taste, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool after scraping into the prepared pan and leveling with a spatula (the mixture should be approximately 1cm thick). Refrigerate the pan for at least 6 hours or overnight once it has cooled.

  • Step No 3

    To make the tapenade, combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. If preferred, season with a bit extra red wine vinegar or black pepper. Scoop into a dish and cover with cling film; set aside at room temperature for an hour or two to allow flavors to blend; refrigerate for up to 3 days.

  • Step No 4

    To make the panisses, flip out the now solid block onto a chopping board and cut into 10 x 2cm fingers with a sharp knife. In a deep fat fryer, heat the oil to 180°C/350°F and fry in batches for 5 minutes, or until deep golden brown and crisp. Drain in a dish lined with paper towels and repeat until all of them are done.

  • Step No 5

    Serve right away in a bowl or basket, or tip into a paper cone for a whole street experience, with tapenade dolloped alongside for dipping.

The bon appétit olive dip is a delicious appetizer that can be served with bread or pita chips. It’s made with black olives, garlic, and olive oil.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you eat with olive tapenade?

You can eat olive tapenade with a variety of things, such as bread or crackers.

What is a black olive tapenade?

A black olive tapenade is a paste made from olives, olive oil, garlic, capers, anchovies, salt and pepper.

Can you freeze tapenade?

No, I cannot freeze tapenade.

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