Baked Cheddar Olives with Parmesan Dipping Sauce

Baked Cheddar Olives

Cheddar dough wrapped around juicy, green olives and baked with the simplest 3-ingredient Parmesan dipping sauce. Chances are you have everything on hand to make them. Right now. You can’t go wrong. Pinky swear.

These were sent to me by Cynthia, who says they popped into her head when she was reading my blog in some bizarro form of ESP. Or maybe she’s my long-lost twin because I love olives! I just bought 12 cans of them. Green and black alike. How’s that for proof of my endearment?

The great thing about these exceptionally delicious olive poppers is you can make up a whole bunch, freeze them and bake them off as needed for one of the most perfect appetizers in the Universe.

I highly recommend you make extra because they are thoroughly addictive. It is entirely possible to make a complete meal out of them. Ask me how I know that. . .You don’t need company as an excuse. Movie night? A big game? Your favorite TV show?

How about just because? The best reason of all.

Thank-you Cynthia!

Baked Cheddar Olives with Parmesan Dipping Sauce

Baked Cheddar Olives with Parmesan Dipping Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Yield: about 24 olives

Baked Cheddar Olives with Parmesan Dipping Sauce

Cheddar dough wrapped around juicy, green olives and baked with the simplest 3-ingredient Parmesan dipping sauce.


1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
a 3-ounce jar small pimiento-stuffed green olives (about 24), drained (save 2 tablespoons of the olive water) and patted dry
1 - 2 tablespoons of the olive water, as needed
Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard


  1. Line a baking sheet or roasting pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix the cheese and butter together. Add the flour and cayenne and blend the dough until it is combined well. The dough will be shaggy but should stick together when scooped into a ball and pressed together with your hands. Add a little olive water if needed until the dough comes together.
  3. Working one at a time scoop up tablespoons of the dough, press it together flat and mold it around an olive. Place on baking sheet 1-inch apart and repeat until all the dough is used.
  4. Bake 14 - 16 minutes until lightly golden.
  5. Meanwhile make the dipping sauce:
  6. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, Parmesan and mustard.
  7. Serve hot or at room temperature.
  8. *These can be made ahead of time and frozen so they're party ready to pop in the oven.


Olives adapted from Epicurious

Dipping Sauce adapted from Real Simple

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  1. says

    Wow, what a great idea. I bet the olive in the center gives this a great pop of flavor. Yum, yum yum…I was reading an old Pillsbury bake-off cookbook the other day and I think I saw something similar – however your pictures look much more appetizing and they didn’t have the cheddar in the dough or dipping sauce.

  2. says

    Oh my gosh!!! These look incredible! I am such a sucker for cheddar ANYTHING, particularly if it has olives involved. Fantastic idea. I am definitely keen to make these for my next get-together (which will be on Saturday – we’re having a party to celebrate the Australian election night. Weird, huh? Oh well… anything to make politics more interesting). Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Cindy says

    Made this recipe tonight, but used large olives. While it only made 16 apps instead of 24, it still worked well and they were yummy! Loved the idea of usi g the olive juice as a liquid instead of water. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. says

    just three simple ingredients and such a light,cheesy starter…excellent with a dip and we seriously love olives in all forms,this way of devouring them is sure going to be our favorite,thanks for sharing :-)

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