Party Appetizer Recipe: Cheddar Olives
Serves 6 to 8
8- to 10- jar of pitted green olives, either pimento-stuffed or plain
- 1 1/2 cups
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup
- 4 tablespoons
unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 teaspoon
cayenne, smoked paprika or freshly grated black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
Drain the olives well, and dry them completely with clean dish towels. Set aside.
Combine the cheese, flour, butter, and spices in a medium bowl and knead it within the bowl until a dough forms. If the dough is still crumbly and won't hold together, add water 1 teaspoon at a time until it does.
Pinch off a small amount of dough, and press it as thin as you can between your fingers to flatten. Wrap and smoosh the dough around a dry olive. Pinch off any excess, then roll the olive in your hands until smooth. Continue until all the olives are covered.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown all over. Alternatively, freeze the olives on a baking sheet until firm, then wrapped tightly and freeze for up to a week. Bake straight from the freezer for 20-25 minutes.
This post has been updated. Originally published 04/02/08.