Here’s a great appetizer for holiday entertaining: pimento-stuffed olives wrapped in an easy-to-make cheese pastry then baked until golden brown. They are tasty, bite-sized and sure to be a party pleaser…you may even want to double the recipe!
Note: The recipe says to “drop the dough by tablespoons onto wax paper” — just make sure you don’t bake them on the wax paper or you will probably end up with a waxy baked olive mess. The wax paper is for prepping purposes only.
Baked Cheddar Olives
-recipe from Gourmet Magazine
Makes about 24 Cheddar olives
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
a 3-ounce jar small pimento-stuffed green olives (about 24), drained and patted dry
In a bowl combine the Cheddar and the butter, add the flour and the cayenne, and blend the dough until it is combined well. Drop the dough by tablespoons onto wax paper and wrap or mold each tablespoon around each of the olives, covering each olive completely. Bake the wrapped olives on a baking sheet in the middle of a preheated 400°F. oven for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is golden, and serve them warm.
Tags: Appetizer, pimiento-stuffed green olives, sharp cheddar cheese
I saw that these coulb be made ahead and frozen…. Do you bake them and then freeze them??? and then rewarm them at the time you want to serve them or do you freeze them unbaked?? If so does this change the cooking time??
Hi Alishia. The recipe doesn’t say anything about making ahead and freezing. Did you see that on another recipe? I’ve never frozen them but I’m assuming you could bake, cool, freeze, thaw and reheat the cheddar olives. I’ve only baked and served them fresh so I can’t vouch for the freezing process. Good luck!
[…] I cant wait to try this recipe. Cheese and olives yum…. Going to make a double batch so I can try some right away and then freeze some as well so I have them ready for the holidays. Going to get some cute festive toothpicks to stick in them to make them look more festive too 🙂 Hope you try and enjoy this recipe too Check it out here : https://www.inspired2cook.com/2009/11/24/baked-cheddar-olives/ […]