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.