Olivi Paradiso

(adapted from Surreal Gourmet)

2 cups Kalmata (Greek) olives (do not use regular black olives!)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup Italian parsley, chopped
5 large sprigs of fresh rosemary, stems removed
3 large sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper.

1. Pit olives. Even better, buy them pitted.

2. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until all becomes a course mixture.

Err on the generous side of herb portions. This is not an exact recipe, so feel free to adjust to your taste. This sauce is wonderful as a dip on crackers, as a base for brushetta or pizza. Goes great with goat cheese too…