Combine garlic, olives, anchovies, capers, thyme, and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor or in a blender. Slowly add the olive oil while the machine is running. Blend until a paste has formed or alternatively pulse several times to achieve a chunky and coarse tapenade. Add red pepper flakes, if using.
Use as a sandwich spread, as a dip with crackers or bread, toss with hot pasta for a quick meal, toss with hot rice for a quick and different side dish, use as a condiment with grilled chicken or fish.
Psst: Looking for email receipts? Sign up at the pin pad at any store!