Completely not cake related, but

This is one of my very favorite appetizers OF.ALL.TIME!  So much, in fact, that I craved them while I was preggers with my youngest and could have probably eaten a whole batch of them in one sitting!  They are flakey and cheesey and salty…yummy!  These are very nice hot and fresh from the oven!  The smell of these baking brings back many memories of spending Christmas with my Dad’s family.  And as a Holiday treat, I’m sharing the recipe with you!  It comes from my Grandmother on my Dad’s side.  I’m not sure where she got the recipe from, but they sure are yummy!

Cheese Olives
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup butter
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 (5 oz) jar of pimento-stuffed olives (normal-sized, not jumbo)

Cut together the cheese, butter and Worcestershire sauce with a pastry blender.  Add the flour and salt.  Wrap the olives in bits of paste (about 1 tsp), roll them into a ball and place on cookie sheets.  Freeze them until hard, about 1 hour.  Bake (straight from the freezer) at 425 degrees for 12 minutes and serve hot.

Notes:
1. DO NOT line your baking sheets with foil…they will stick!
2. If the ingredients are all room temperature, it works much better.
3. These freeze well, so after they are frozen on a cookie sheet, put them into zip-top bags to remove on an as-needed basis!
4. Be careful, they are addicting!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Holidays!  See you all after the new year!

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