Olive Cheese Bread

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by Amy Flanigan on April 5, 2012 · 13 comments

Olives will forever remind me of when Jen and I were kids; our relatives would come up for the holidays and my mom always put out a bowl of whole olives. We would place one on every single finger and pretend they were people. Of course. Seriously, didn’t every kid do this?? Ah, good times.

But I rarely make anything calling for olives because Paul and the kids don’t like them – apparently nobody finds the fun in olive finger puppets like I did *sadness*

This bread was getting made, though. And listening to the moaners and groaners was worth it.

The edges all crunchy, the olives salty, the cheese all melty.

This was all for me. And others who like olives…I know you’re out there.

Olive Cheese Bread
Serves 12
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients
• 1 jar (6 ounce) pimiento-stuffed green olives, drained and roughly chopped
• 1 can (6 ounce) black olives, drained and roughly chopped
• 2 stalks green onions, chopped
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
• 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• 2 cups (8 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
• 1 loaf French bread, sliced lengthwise

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine all the ingredients (except the bread) in a mixing bowl. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Spread mixture evenly onto French bread halves. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning. Cut into 2 inch portions across each half and serve as an appetizer.

(slightly adapted from Fake Ginger originally from Pioneer Woman)

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Katie October 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I love this recipe! I took it up a notch and added ground sausage for a complete dinner. It was a huge hit, even with the kids! I halved the mayo and used plain Greek yogurt to bring the fat content down a bit with the sausage. It’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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Amy October 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Oh yay! I’m so glad. And I love the idea of adding sausage. Good call! Thanks for stopping by, Katie :D

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Stephanie April 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

How can you go wrong with ANYTHING that involves cheese and bread? If I were you, I’d be perfectly fine with the fam not liking this recipe…more for you!

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lo April 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

Oh, dear. Olive lovers unite, indeed. This looks fabulous… even better since you didn’t need to share :)

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Joanne April 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I did the EXACT SAME THING with olives! My mom would actually have to restrict me to eating only as many olives as I could fit on my finger. And then I’d sneak behind her back and steal them out of the salad. True story.

I’m so enamored with this bread. It has all of my favorite things in life in it.

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Mom April 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I know I would love this, but my other half HATES olives of any kind. I might make half a recipe just for me!

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Jude April 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

This cheesy olive-y bread looks great, and all I can think of is a big ol ale or porter or stout beer to go with it. Cheers.

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Jenna April 5, 2012 at 6:50 am

Yay for olives! And since my husband loves them too, making this bread should NOT be a controversial issue in our house. =)

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Melissa April 5, 2012 at 6:28 am

I like olives, but don’t love them enough to mourn their absence in my house because, duh, Steve hates ‘em, too.

Julie and I did do olive fingers at the holidays, though. Oh yeah. :D

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Amy April 5, 2012 at 7:05 am

I know, boo hoo. I suppose I’m being over dramatic…it’s not like I lay awake at night dreaming about them. I just get tired of missing foods I like – olives, artichoke hearts, beets, goat cheese. Waaaah. BUT Paul will eat (and enjoy) most things, and the fact that my 6YO requests hummus and carrots for a snack gives me little to complain about, right?

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the wicked noodle April 5, 2012 at 6:00 am

This looks awesome, Amy!! I LOVE olives, especially green. Looks like a great way to use them.

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Amy April 5, 2012 at 7:06 am

Thanks Kristy! It was SO easy, too.

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