Food Friday : Olive and Cream Cheese Spread
Hold it … before any non-olive-liking readers click away, please read this story first. I served this spread as part of the snack table at a party once. When I noticed that a few of my friends were conspicuously absent from the dance floor I went in search of them and found the group gathered around the food. They explained that they just could not drag themselves away from this particular dish and asked me what was in it. When I told them that there were olives in it, one said, “Oh, I hate olives”, as she helped herself to a dollop of it on just-one-more cracker.
I have seen people lose their appetite for dinner by eating too much of this as an hors d’oeuvre. I also once gifted my sister with a whole crock of her own as part of her birthday present because she likes it that much!
And when I was making this batch yesterday, I asked Nick if he wanted a few tester crackers. He explained that he wasn’t hungry but yes, he would try a couple. After he’d had them I asked him if he wanted any more before I put it away. He said “sure”, and when asked how many, he responded “Oh … about 23 crackers worth!”
This ideal snack to serve at parties and when friends drop over, can be made in under 10 minutes with items you can keep on hand, using your food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can finely chop the ingredients by hand and mix them into softened cream cheese with a hand blender or whisk.
Another bonus of this recipe is that it also makes a delicious pasta sauce … just heat some gently and toss with cooked noodles.
Consider bringing some to add to the snack table at someone else’s party, but be prepared to be slightly embarrassed by the raving of the guests and potentially annoying the hostess!
Ok, without further ado, or any more bragging about how darn good it is, I give you my recipe for Black Olive and Cream Cheese Spread!
Note that this is made with canned black olives, also known as Ripe Olives, which are not salty like green or Kalamata. If you substitute with salty olives eliminate the salt and maybe some of the capers, to taste.
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