Olive Appetizer Recipes

Tapenade. Olive crostini. Spiced olives. Find olive appetizer recipes and be the star of your next party.

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Pepper Jack Olive Dip

Rating: 5 stars 7
A blend of pepper Jack cheese, cream cheese, and chopped black olives comes together in minutes for a real crowd pleaser.
By bd.weld
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Kalamata Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.5 stars 226
An olive tapenade without anchovies.

Gorgonzola and Olive Stuffed Grape Leaves

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
These are the richest appetizers we have ever served. They are wonderful with wine and cheese! A version of this recipe was a gift from a friend and we have enjoyed it along with our guests. Use as much Gorgonzola as suits your taste!

C and L's Stuffed Black Olives

Rating: 3.5 stars 4
This is a great party appetizer, or a really good family snack. Serve with marinara sauce. There is often a bit of the meat mixture left over, so you may want to use more olives than I have recommended in this recipe.
By qweenbee53

Fabulous Olive Salsa by James

Rating: 5 stars 5
Our friends James and Jayden had us over for some backyard entertainment and served this delicious dish up. We managed to talk them into handing over the recipe. Mess with the mix and quantity of olives to suit your taste.

Black Olive Spread

Rating: 4.5 stars 36
I got this recipe from a friend who can't remember where she got it. It's different than the usual creamy spreads and is versatile and delicious.

Fig and Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.5 stars 261
This is an easy gourmet appetizer. I've brought this to several parties and it is always a hit! I often add some chopped green olives to the olive mixture and a little more balsamic. Goat cheese may also be used in place of the cream cheese. Serve with slices of French bread or crackers.
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Baked Cheese Olives

Rating: 4 stars 204
Rich cheese dough surrounds a savory olive. A great pick-up appetizer or snack. You can freeze the unbaked, dough-wrapped-olives and then bake them right out of the freezer, extending the baking time by a few minutes.

Olive Pecan Spread

Rating: 4.5 stars 89
This delicious spread is a hit with everyone. Even people, like me, who don't care for green olives absolutely love it. This is my most requested recipe. Try it! You won't be disappointed.

Olive Cheese Melts

Rating: 4.5 stars 116
A scrumptious olive and cheese mixture melted on English muffins.

Three Olive Spread

Rating: 4.5 stars 53
This recipe was given to me by a coworker for the holidays. It is best when made with olives purchased at a deli. Serve with your favorite cracker, baguettes or thin italian bread slices.

Cheddar and Olive Balls

Rating: 4.5 stars 82
I based this recipe on one from a famous Virginia colonial tavern, but I've had much better success with this one than the one published in their cookbook. It's great for parties, picnics, or potlucks. It will also freeze well (uncooked) for quick prep anytime!

Inspiration and Ideas

Kicked Up Olives
Rating: Unrated 1
"Wow! They have layer upon layer of interesting flavors, the most unique one being the tangerine. Winner recipe [that's] going into my Favorites folder." – lutzflcat
Olive Puffs
Rating: Unrated 57
See how to make these crispy puff pastry appetizer bites.
Stuffed Olives
Rating: 4 stars 35

A delicious appetizer for the holidays that is easy to make and requires no baking time!