Tapenade Filled Egg Halves

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

This recipe by J.B. Reboul (LA CUSINIERE PROVENCALE) gives us a whole new twist on an old std. According to the author, the word tapenade derived from tapeno, the Provencale word for capers. This tapenade can be made in a food processor, packed into a jar, covered w/a film of olive oil & refrigerated for many months. Enjoy! (Time does not include time to hard-boil the eggs or soak the anchovies)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak anchovies in water for 30 minutes, drain well, pat dry & coarsely chop.
  2. Pound the olives in a mortar together w/the anchovy fillets, tuna, mustard & capers. When well-pounded, pass mixture thru a sieve into a bowl.
  3. Gradually incorporate the olive oil, a generous amt of black pepper & the Cognac into the mixture.
  4. Remove egg yolks from the hard-boiled egg halves & crush them in a mortar w/about 1/2 cup of the tapenade, adding a sml amt of olive oil as needed to make the mixture smooth. Store remainder of tapenade as described in intro.
  5. Fill ea egg half w/mixture (shaping into a dome w/the blade of a sml knife) & serve immediately.
  6. NOTE RE TUNA: The recipe recommends using fresh tuna that is poached, drained, boned & skinned. Frankly I find that very labor intensive for such a sml amt, so consider canned tuna an appropriate sub.


Most Helpful

So delicious! The congac addition to the filling made this special. I doubled the quantity of the filling ingredients, so I used the required amount for the filling and with the remaing I prepared a wonderful tuna salad adding some balsamico and chopped red pepper.<This would be perfect dish to offer for a buffet. I will make this again for sure. Made for Culinary Quest 2014.

awalde August 25, 2014

So good! I made enough stuffing using a purchased tapenade I can buy in bulk at my supermarket...only thing missing was the cognac, which I added to taste. Stuffed 5 whole eggs (10 halves) - one for each of us.

evelyn/athens August 18, 2014

WOW!!!!!!!!Great recipe. I cut it in half and in between 3 people we eat all the eggs (plus dinner). The tapenade alone with out the egg yolks is to dye for. I guess it would be great to save it in a jar cover with film, if.....there was any left overs. Not in my case. I ate it all with crackers while I was making dinner. (I really need to go running tomorrow) Thank you so much for such a wonderful recipe twissis. A PAC winner!

MsPia May 05, 2007

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