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Olive Cheese Balls

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"A great olive appetizer that can be made in advance and then quickly thrown in the oven. It is a staple for the holidays and every party."
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1 h 35 m servings 68
Original recipe yields 36 servings (36 olives)


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  1. Place Cheddar cheese, flour, and butter in a food processor. Blend until cheese is finely ground and a crumbly dough forms.
  2. Wrap each olive with a piece of the cheesy dough, covering the olive completely. Place olive balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spread frozen olive balls on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Eat with caution as olives will still be hot.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use jalapeno- or garlic- stuffed olives too.
  • If not baking right away, transfer olive balls to a freezer bag after flash-freezing for 1 hour.
  • You can experiment with using black olives as well, but because they are smaller, you will need more of them or will have to put a lot of cheesy mixture on them!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 68 calories; 5.1 3.5 2.1 13 140 Full nutrition

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