Keep these around with some vodka for an instant cocktail hour, or serve them along with cured meat and Marinated Bocconcini for a homemade antipasti plate.
What to buy: Be sure to pick up high-quality olives and anchovies from the refrigerated section of your supermarket. Stay away from the canned varieties, which are flavorless.
Game plan: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Beverage pairing: Domecq Manzanilla Sherry, Spain. Dry fino sherry is a perfect match for olives, because of its savory, herbal tang and apparent olive flavors. The sherry style of manzanilla furthermore is well known for its briny whiff of the sea, making it the perfect complement for this anchovy-inflected dish.