Friday, March 15, 2019

Fake Food Friday - Pimento Stuffed Olives!

It's that time of the week, y'all!  For this week's Fake Food Friday,  we're going to start a 2 part post looking back on Anna's Dirty Martinis.  I used her process to start off, and made a few adjustments.  She, too, improved up on her olives in this post, and my process was pretty similar.  

Materials: Sculpey III, mini skewers
Tools: drinking straw, parchment paper, toaster oven

We had to make 14+ martinis, and according to tradition an even number of olives in a martini is 'incorrect.'  



Due to the large house size, we opted for 3 olives per skewer.

To make the pit hole, I used a straw and then gently reshaped the end.  I found it was easier to do this after the olives had set a bit after I shaped them initially.  If the Sculpey was too soft, the olive lost shape completely.  

The pimento is just a bit of red Sculpey.  Apparently olives with pimento are also incorrect in a martini according to this blog.  But green blobs wouldn't read in row FF, you know?



For the skewers, I needed something longer than traditional toothpicks, but we didn't have any cocktail spears that weren't plastic, and we learned from Anna's olives that plastic will melt in the oven.  Thankfully we had some large cocktail umbrellas that we knew we wouldn't need in the next season and a half, so I harvested their sticks.  Sorry umbrellas.  I also soaked those mini skewers in water, much like one would do before grilling kebabs.  No one wants charred martini skewers!



I made sure to line my tray with parchment paper so nothing would stick.  
Sculpey III bake time is 15 min per 1/4in at 275°F .  I opted for about 40 minutes as my olives were about 1" x 1/2".  
I should note that toaster ovens are not the most precise machines.  Most Sculpey sites suggest using a oven thermometer to make sure your temperature is correct.  

I did not do that.  


Bake little olive babies!

As you can see, my toaster oven was a bit too hot, or I left them in a bit too long.  From a distance you couldn't see the scorch marks, so I was more careful with round 2.  


Next week I'll cover the gin portion of our martinis!

Happy FFFriday! 

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