Cheese-Wrapped Olives (Bollitas)
These savory little appetizers are geared to please the olive-lover in the crowd. Can be frozen before baking. If doing so, place directly into oven from freezer and extend the baking time by just a few minutes. Recipe from a clipping, author unsourced.
- Ready In:
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 1⁄4 teaspoon paprika or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- 24 garlic-jalapeno stuffed olives (or pimento-stuffed green olives)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In bowl of food processor, combine cheese, butter, paprika/cayenne, and flour.
- Process until smooth.
- Take about 1 Tablespoon of crumbly dough and place in the palm of your hand.
- Place one of the olives in middle of dough.
- Cup your hand to begin fixing dough around olive.
- Roll between palms of hands until dough is smoothly wrapped around olive.
- Sometimes the dough gets a little crumbly, rolling faster helps a bit, and you can stick dough onto any'naked' areas and roll until smooth.
- Repeat until all olives have been wrapped.
- Place onto oiled baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
- Due to the amount of cheese in the batter, these will be rather greasy when they emerge from the oven.
- Remove from baking sheet and place between paper towels to remove grease.
- Serve with dipping sauce of choice (I used a mango salsa).
- Note: Upon making these recently, I discovered that the preferred method should be to freeze these on a baking tray for about 3-4 hours before baking. This allows the texture of the 'dough' to remain firm around the balls when baking. Of course if you don't have the time, they are still just as tasty the first way... the balls just don't hold up quite as well in the oven.
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Oh my gosh are these things good!!! Made them for an appetizer at a b-day party and they were a huge hit. I made both the jalepeno and pinento and I don't know which ones I like better. Next time I'm going to try the blue cheese stuffed olives. Just thinking about them again is making my mouth water.
These are very similar to the ones I made years ago and completely forgot about. I used regular salted butter. We found them very dry. After 15 minutes in the oven as stated, they didn't look cooked. They looked the same as when I put them in. Are they suppose to brown? I was waiting for them to darken up a bit so I left them in.....probably too long. I will try again and take them out right at 15 minutes to see if that makes a difference.