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Muffuletta Garlic-Olive-Sweet Onion Relish

Make this marvelous concoction now and you'll have it on hand all through the holidays, because it keeps for months and months in the refrigerator. As you may know, its roots are in New Orleans, where the muffaletta sandwich -- a hearty submarine sandwich concoction of Italian-style meats and cheeses, slathered with a rich olive and garlic relish -- was created decades ago. However, it's a wonderful mixture to have on hand as an appetizer. So, several years ago I began fiddling with the formula and created the following version, which makes the perfect party spread, when accompanied by slices of a crusty baguette, or crostini.

bullet1/2 cup coarsely chopped pimiento-stuffed olives
bullet1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted black olives
bullet1/2 cup coarsely chopped sweet onion
bullet1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
bullet1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (more to taste)
bullet1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic
bullet2 teaspoons drained and rinsed capers
bullet1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
bullet1/4 teaspoon each: salt, freshly ground black pepper
bullet1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Place the olives, onion, parsley, vinegar, garlic, capers, oregano, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse the mixture until the ingredients are finely chopped. Add the olive oil and continue processing until the mixture is thoroughly chopped but not pureed. Adjust seasonings, adding additional vinegar if it needs a "zing," or additional olive oil if the mixture seems too "sharp." Will keep in the refrigerator for at least one month. Since the olive oil solidifies at low temperatures, remove from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.

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