Greek-inspired spreads

Chances are good olives are part of your plan for summer entertaining. If not in the form of whole or sliced olives themselves, then surely you keep a bottle of olive oil at hand for drizzling, dressing and roasting. GAEA is a Greek company that grows olives and sells marinated green, Kalamata and Halkidiki olives as well as a variety of olive oils. We tried their line of vegetable spreads and thought they’d be perfect with flatbread or crostini, or dolloped on top of slices of ripe summer tomatoes. Our favorite was the Smoked Eggplant Spread with its rich smoky flavor. Right out of the small jars these make great toppings for crackers or you can thin them with a little olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle the result over grilled meats or vegetables.

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