Olive Cheese Balls

Olive Cheese Balls

As I sat shivering inside my cold apartment wondering what ever happened to global warming, I tried to think of a tasty excuse to warm up the kitchen with an oven-baked treat. I finally settled on these baked olive cheese balls. Imagine a plump green olive nestled in a slightly spicy and crispy cheese pastry. For a maximum burst of flavor, I suggest you use an extra old Cheddar cheese. I'm quite certain you could substitute small sautéed button mushrooms for the olives. Better yet, double this recipe and make both.

Olive Cheese Balls


Olive Cheese BallsOlive Cheese Balls
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Published on February 25, 2008

Plump green olive baked in a slightly spicy and crispy cheese pastry — a simple and perfect appetizer

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Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup fresh grated old Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • generous pinch of cayenne
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • 15 to 20 plump green olives, pitted
Instructions:
  • Preheat an oven to 400° and grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, using a fork, combine the cheese, butter, flour, and cayenne. Stir in the egg until well combined. Flatten about a tablespoons worth of dough on the palm of your hand and enclose each olive with the dough. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese balls turn golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 15 to 20 appetizers
Olive Cheese Balls

14 comments:

Johanna said...

wow these look so perfect and so full of cheese - they would be fantastic finger food at a party - although I imagine it is a bit of work to wrap them

Peter M said...

What a lovely meze these would make. I must try these out.

Ricki said...

Oh my goodness, do these ever look fantastic! I think they'd be the perfect thing to serve at a dinner party (or just a dinner, come to think of it!).

Bellini Valli said...

I would love to try these little bites of flavour...perfect for cocktails...sounds very fancy smancy doesn't it "D

Kalai said...

2 of my favorites brought together... Sounds like a marriage made in heaven! :)

Vineela said...

Hi Lisa,
Loved the soups roundup.Excited to next months theme.
Never came across these chessy olive balls.
thank you.
Vineela

Niki Turner said...

Lisa, these are delicious, thank you sooooo much for posting this. My son loves olives and cheese so these were a BIG hit with him. They were yummy an I will make them again (often :-))
hugs niki

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This looks so FREAKING GOOD! I love olives and cheese and pastry - so what movie do you want me to bring over? ;)

Stuti Garg said...

I enjoyed the picture.

Have you tried making them with a cheese substitute?

Thanks.

Lisa said...

Stuti;

No, I have never tried them with cheese substitute, so I'm not sure if they would work out the same.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I made these this weekend for movie night - they rocked!!!

Chef Erik said...

Holy guacamole, I'm making them tomarrow, I'm gona try it with some spicy olives...great app :)

Cris said...

These look fantastic!

Dibs said...

This is superb. I replaced egg with corn flour and water.