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Olive Cheese Ball Bites

December 9, 2012 by admin


These are a classic from my childhood. I’m pretty sure it’s some recipe from the 1950s, but I have no proof of that. It just FEELS like a 1950s recipe. These are easy to make, and fun to do with your kids. I used to help my mom. If they can’t handle forming the ball around the olive, they can at least flatten the dough out in their hands and you can wrap the olive.

Doughy, crispy, with a bit of the salty olive center = SO GOOD! Of course, I’m bias, because I remember making these and watching reruns of Laurence Welk shows. (I was a strange kid. My favorite childhood shows: Perry Mason, Star Trek, Star Search, and Laurence Welk.) So, fair warning.

Olive Cheese Ball Bites
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Balls
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 8
Crisp, chewy, slightly salty balls of wonder. And only a few ingredients. (You can also freeze these before cooking.)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup butter, melted (1 stick)
  • Sprinkle of paprika (optional)
  • Green olives, drained
  1. Mix cheese and flour and paprika. Add butter and mix well.
  2. Take a tablespoon or so of the mixture and work in hand until it forms a dough; shape around an olive. Place 2” apart on greased baking sheet. Chill 1 hour.
  3. Heat oven to 400. Bake 15-20 minutes. Balls will brown slightly on top and at the bottom.


And the process in color photos!:


Just 4 ingredients. 5 if you use Paprika.


Mix flour, cheese, and paprika. Add in warm melted butter. Stir.


It’ll look like this. Don’t worry if it doesn’t make a stiff dough. The heat of your hands and playing with the dough will make it pliable. So, no gloves on this one.



Squeeze a tablespoon or so of dough in your hand, flatten, add your olive.


Roll and pinch dough around olive.


Put on a tray and chill for at least an hour. You can also freeze them at this point and bake later.


Bake for 15-20 minutes. I didn’t let them chill long enough, so they flattened a little. Still, you can see the bottom with crisp, and the inside will still be a little soft. Oh, baby!


There you go! Olive Ball BITES! Perfect for that retro party. Serve with martinis and pineapple and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon (I’ll post to blog soon), and a cheese ball, and marinated mozzarella on sticks and…I could on and on.





1 Comment »

  1. Roxanne Victor says:

    Oooooo! Gonna do this!

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