Olive Cheese Balls With Cheese Spread

Cheese Balls
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(6)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 48 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
53 Calories
5g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 23mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an easy cheese snack. The little cheese balls are made with a surprise olive center. The cheese dough is shaped around pimiento stuffed olives. The cheese balls are chilled and then baked to perfection.

They make a great party snack!

Ingredients

  • 48 medium pimiento-stuffed olives, well drained
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 jar Kraft Olde English Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 dash salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Pat olives with paper towels to dry thoroughly.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or leave it ungreased.

  3. In a medium bowl, cut the butter and cheese into the flour. Add salt. Form into small balls around olives; seal well.

  4. Arrange the cheese balls on the prepared baking sheet and chill for at least 1 hour,  or chill overnight in the refrigerator.

  5. Heat the oven to 400 F (200  C/Gas 6).

  6. Bake the cheese balls in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Tips

  • Use ripe or kalamata olives in the cheese balls.
  • Arrange the unbaked cheese balls on the baking sheet. Freeze and then transfer the frozen cheese balls to food storage bags. Label with the name and date. Keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months. To bake, place the frozen cheese balls on an un-greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven for about 20 minutes, or until hot.

Recipe Variations

  • Roll the cheese balls in finely chopped walnuts or pecans before chilling and baking.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh parsley or chives to the dough.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground sweet paprika to the dough.
  • Replace the cheese spread with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese.