An Emeril Lagasse recipe via About.com. Perfect for Mardi Gras! Don't use canned black olives-trust me it won't taste as good. To save money, I purchased only as many olives as were needed for this recipe from our local natural food store's very convenient 'olive bar'. Don't feel obligated to limit yourself to nicoise. Use a variety of imported olives (they don't have to be French either).