My dad was an excellent cook. This was one of my favorites from the time I was very little--in fact, it was one of the first things he made for me when I came home on leave from the Army. My son loved it as a child and it is still one of my major comfort foods.
This is a recipe idea that came from a cooking show. I took it to my kitchen and made a few modifications to personalize it. This is a relatively easy recipe to make, and is a hit at picnics. It is best served well chilled and can be garnished just prior to serving with halved cherry tomatoes and a few more black olives.