If you’re looking for a simple appetizer, this cream cheese wrapped olives dish might be perfect. You only need 4 different ingredients to make it, and the recipe itself couldn’t be simpler. Any occasion is ideal for these, whether you’re having friends over or just want to try something new.
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They’d also suit a gathering like a baby shower or any other kind of occasion. This recipe is keto-friendly, so if you’re looking for an easy low carb appetizer, try this one!
You can use any olives you want. Make sure they’re pitted because you don’t want anyone biting down on a pit and breaking a tooth! Green olives are nice, or you could opt for black ones.
The olives are wrapped in a chilled mixture of cream cheese, garlic salt and a touch of olive juice out of the jar. And then all that’s left to do is roll them in crushed walnuts and serve.
Why You’ll Love the Recipe:
Not only is this recipe delicious but it’s super-easy to make. You can even prepare these cream cheese olives ahead and bring them out when you’re ready, freeing up your time to make other dishes too. The briny flavor of the olives complements the rich, creamy cheese and unusual taste of the garlic salt. Finall, you have the crushed walnuts which add both crunch and flavor.
How to Serve Them:
Serve these chilled from the fridge. The longer they sit at room temperature, the more the cream cheese will melt and the messier they’ll get. If you’re using small olives, you can serve them whole. Larger olives can be cut in half across the middle, so they’re easier to eat. Serve with toothpicks or little forks or, if you’re using a lot of walnuts, you can serve them as finger food.
- Garlic salt
- Walnuts crushed
- Cream cheese softened
How to make Cream Cheese Wrapped Olives:
Blend together the garlic salt, 2 Tbsp of liquid from the olive jar and the cream cheese until smooth.
Chill the cream cheese mixture for 30 minutes.
Wrap a small amount of cream cheese completely around each olive, and roll the covered olives in the crushed walnuts.
Serve immediately, or slice before serving if preferred.
Cream cheese, olives and walnuts feature in plenty of tasty appetizer recipes, but when you combine these ingredients, adding some garlic salt into the mix, you end up with something unique and unusual. Considering this is such a simple recipe, it’s a surprise more people don’t know it. So, if you want something that’s tasty, very low in carbs and super-simple to put together, this recipe could be a perfect match.
Cream Cheese Wrapped Olives
- ½ tsp. Garlic salt
- 1 Jar of olives
- ½ C. Walnuts crushed
- 8 oz. Cream cheese softened
- Blend together the garlic salt, 2 Tbsp of liquid from the olive jar and the cream cheese until smooth.
- Chill the cream cheese mixture for 30 minutes.
- Wrap a small amount of cream cheese completely around each olive, and roll the covered olives in the crushed walnuts.
- Serve immediately, or slice before serving if preferred.
Can You Make Them Ahead?
You can prepare these up to a day ahead, if you like.
Keep these refrigerated so the cream cheese doesn’t start to melt and soften. They will keep for a few days on a platter if you cover them with foil or plastic wrap to stop them from drying out.
Variations and Substitutions:
Although you can use black olives, green olives are better here. Their flavor seems to suit the cream cheese and walnut flavors better. Full fat cream cheese is the best, as it’s richer, but you might like to try reduced fat. Another idea is using flavored cream cheese – garlic and chive would work nicely and, if you use that, you can sub regular salt for the garlic salt (taste the cream cheese mixture first – you might not even need to add salt if you’re using flavored cream cheese).