Please listen very carefully or should I say read this very carefully
Oh yes – I am a cheeseaholic!
As a result of my journey to find the best of the best recipes with cheese as the primary ingredient – I think that I have found one that will rate up there with Southern Cheese straws. Now if you haven’t had real Southern cheese straws – what are you waiting for? They are a staple of every Southern gathering! Oh wait – I digress. The topic today is not about cheese straws but about cheese olivettes. WHAT? OLIVES? Yes indeed dear readers. I am here to introduce you to a delicacy that might surpass good Southern Cheese straws…maybe?
Along with cheese – I also love green olives. You can read more about my love of olives
So this past week-end I was craving some cheese olives and voila I had all the ingredients in my kitchen to make these delicious gems. My favorite recipe follows:
8 ounces – grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 stick soft butter (trust me here – use butter!)
Dash of garlic salt (I use garlic powder so not to have a very salty end product)
1 ½ cups of flour (I only had self-rising in my pantry)
½ teaspoon of Tabasco sauce (I may have used twice or three times the amount called for in this recipe – I do like spicy!)
Jar of green olives drained.
I tossed the shredded cheese and the softened butter into my trusty mixer and let it do the work.
Once it formed a nice doughy ball I began to add the flour – a bit at a time.
I then proceeded to add the garlic powder and tabasco.
At this point if the dough is too dry – add a bit (just a bit of water)
THEN – once the dough is prepared – it is time to roll about a teaspoon and a half around a green olive and place on a cooking sheet. Of course the amount of cheese mixture that you use will depend on the size of your olives. I had small olives this day.
Once you have “wrapped” all the olives in the cheese dough – place in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the bottom of the olivette has a nice brown crust.
After removing them from the oven I may or may not have had a handful of these delicious morsels. Well – I did have to confirm that they tasted okay…you know?
If you are like me and love cheese and green olives – you owe it to yourself to try this recipe. TRUST ME…you will love it!