ta·pe·nade | \ˌtä-pə-ˈnäd \

Definition of tapenade 

: a seasoned spread made chiefly with mashed black olives, capers, and anchovies

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The standout is the salami picante sandwich, a beautiful sub layered with spicy salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, and onions, and slathered with tangy olive tapenade and creamy sub sauce. Bon Appetit, "Gold Star Beer Counter," 2 July 2018 Purée cooked eggplant to make a classic baba ghanouj, tapenade or other dip. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Lasagna, moussaka, dips and more great ideas for eggplant, now in season," 29 June 2018 Prepared condiments, such as harissa, tapenade, pounded anchovy and garlic, or a Chinese red chile-garlic sauce, are easy routes to extra dimension. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 The inside’s like an Italian muffuletta, anchored by black olive tapenade with salami, ham, provolone, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "5 San Antonio sandwiches to eat right now," 2 Apr. 2018 Add tapenade to beans; toss until evenly coated. Garnish with parsley. Katie Lee, Good Housekeeping, "Green Beans with Olive-Almond Tapenade," 19 May 2017 Her favorite olives are perfect for snacking, salads, sauces, or chopping into a rosemary-olive tapenade to top sliced fried potatoes and goat cheese. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "The 6 Pantry Staples Giada De Laurentiis Can’t Live Without," 17 Apr. 2018 Visit the gourmet market and take home stuffed olives, tapenades and pasta sauce, among other items. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 14 things to do in Pinal County," 18 Feb. 2015 Appropriately Frenchy nibbles: duck paté, country paté, smoked salmon, Croque Monsieur, tapenade and country bread, plus meats and cheese boards. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New Door: French bar Victor adds to Montrose nightlife," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tapenade

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tapenade

French tapénade, from Occitan tapenado, from tapeno caper, ultimately from Latin capparis — more at caper

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