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Baked Olive and Cheese Balls

Updated on December 6, 2013

Cheesy Olives Baked for Appetisers

Bake up a batch of Cheese and Olive Balls to keep your guests nibbling the appetisers. Make them the day before so, shortly before company calls, all you have to do is whip the balls out of the fridge and pop them on a tray in the oven.

You can make a large amount fairly cheaply, the preparation takes minutes, and they're a tasty little treat of crisply coated olives that are most definitely cheesy!

Serve on a beautiful platter to your guests or on a sturdy wooden tray for a teenage party.


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  • 1 cup plain flour - all-purpose
  • 2 cups greated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 40 large green olives
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet chilli or any hot pepper sauce


  1. In a medium-size bowl, cream butter. Mix in flour, cheese, paprika, cumin, and hot sauce. Cover bowl and refrigerate at least an hour - you can make this the day before.
  2. Dry olives on paper towels. With a ball of cheese mixture that is close in size to the olive, flatten the cheese mixture in your palm, plop the olive in the centre, work the mixture up around the olive, and then very gently roll it around between your palms.
  3. Make sure the cheese mixture completely seals in the olive. Repeat with remaining olives.
  4. Baking the Olive Cheese Balls today?
  5. If you plan to bake these immediately, put the cheese-wrapped olives on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes
  6. Baking them another day?
  7. If you plan to bake them the next day, place the cheese-wrapped olives on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in freezer.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prior to baking, remove olives from the freezer and allow to stand at room temperature for approximately 15 minute (while the oven is heating).
  9. Place olives on a tray and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool to slightly warm.
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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Never heard of these, but loves olives so will have to give them a try.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I love the olive and cheese combination! This recipe brings back memories...I used to make a very similar one when I was a little girl for my parent's dinner parties. I will make your version soon. Yum!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      A great combination of olives & cheese. Always wanted an appetizer recipe with a good use of those two ingredients and I think I found it here! Thanks for sharing:=)

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      I love olives, and they say that geniuses like this rather acquired taste, so I'm in good company. But I have never heard of this cheesy olives recipe... I think it sounds incredibly rich, and would be a fantastic winter snack!

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      Rockett LM 6 years ago

      I am simply wild about olives. i will definitely give this recipe a try.

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      These look awesome and I will have to try to make them. Great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      OK, I love olives, I love cheese, and I love nibbling on appetizers, so I guess this is a definite must-try for me! New Year's and Super Bowl coming up....I'll be trying this out.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a new taste combo for me, but I love cheese and I'm addicted to olives. With Christmas coming up it's the perfect time to try your delicious sounding recipe.

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      blu baby77 9 years ago

      my son just loves cheese and olives i bet he would eat this thanks for the doing this lens. nice work

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      VBright 9 years ago

      I know some people who would love this. Have to try it at my next get-together

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      I've never heard of baked olives but they sound good. Something you can make ahead too.

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      Darby1 9 years ago

      I love this recipe, all it needs is some great wine to go with them. I would suggest a crisp Vermentino white wine.

      Darby from Albarino to Zinfandel