Cream Cheese and Olives

Today we’re going old school.  Growing up, there was always homemade pimento cheese in the fridge and about every other week or so, this great treat would show up.  The best cream cheese and olives EVER came from My Aunt Geraldine.  Her spread was smooth, creamy with the olives chopped to just the perfect size.  Most of the time it was served on cool, crunchy celery sticks and at other times it was spread on white, crust less bread cut into little triangles.

This recipe comes together in no time with just a few ingredients.  I’m sharing my version of the original cream cheese and olives but there are great ways to give it a modern twist.  Starting with the basic recipe, you could add chopped pecans, black olives, blue cheese or fresh herbs.  It’s good no matter how you make it, so, get creative then grab some crunchy veggies and you’ve got a great appetizer in minutes.  Sometimes, going old school is just what’s needed…

Cream Cheese and Olives

1 8 oz block of cream cheese – room temperature
1/2 cup green olives with pimento – chopped
2 tablespoons brine/juice from green olive jar
1/4 teaspoon (or more) Texas Pete or your favorite hot sauce

  • Drain green olives with pimentos, saving juice then coarsely chop.
  • In a food processor or blender, add cream cheese, brine and hot sauce and blend until smooth.
  • Fold in chopped olives & pimentos.
  • Taste for seasoning.
  • Serve with celery sticks or as a sandwich.
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  1. I am not a huge celery fan but I could eat the heck out of some celery with this on it! That sounds delicious and I may have to make it for the 4th!!

    • Thank Evie! Just pick a veggie and dip right in – they all taste good with cream cheese and olive. Oh, don't forget to make yourself a little sam-wich for good measure.

  2. Simple and yummy – that's a perfect combo! Looks so good! Saw you at feeding Big and had to stop over to invite you to Super Sunday at Who needs a Cape! We're live right now and would love to have you! http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/07/super-sunday-party-5/

    • Thanks Heather for your kind words and the invite. I stopped by and shared a post. Stop by to see me on Facebook and Pinterest to hang out. Have a wonderful week.

  3. Beautiful photo and so easy. Thanks for linking up!
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  4. Oh yummy and so easy to make! Thanks Donya! came over Spatulas on Parade's party to visit you and your delicious dip!

  5. I made it and it was AWESOME. I had to use Frank's hot sauce because I didn't have Texas Pete but it was still good. This is something I will definitely make again!!

  6. My friend and I used to make a variation of this with grated sharp cheddar cheese, green pimento stuffed olives and mayonnaise to taste. She made it for every football game and people loved it. I will have to try your version. It's looks and sounds delicious.

  7. Janet says:

    My mom used to make this. I was just thinking about it the other day. I will have to try it since I don't have her recipe. Thanks for posting it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is so good with chopped pecans added to the recipe. That's how I grew up making and eating it. It's great with celery, as shown, and as a tea sandwich filling. Thank you, Donya!


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