Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cheddar Cheese Olive Puffs
























I like to plan ahead when I have a fun gathering of friends over for a Super Bowl party and this year Star Fine Foods made it super easy for me with their new Flavor Destinations: Italian Garlic and Basil Marinated Olives. They are delicious! 

Let's face it, half the fun of a Super Bowl party is eating all those snacks and appetizers, right?  But I want to have fun too and so instead of staying in the kitchen all day, I like to make my appetizers ahead of time and freeze them. Then on the big day, I can take them straight from the freezer and pop them into the oven for a quick bake and serve.  

I have made this delicious Super Bowl party appetizer for years and now with these new olives from Star Fine Foods, they are even better!   There's something about a warm puffy, cheesy pastry wrapped around a juicy olive with just a hint of basil and garlic. YUM!  

Cheddar Cheese Olive Puffs

1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg beaten mixed with 1 tablespoon water to make egg wash

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
























In a food processor, combine shredded cheese, butter, flour, and salt. Process until you have a loosely formed, soft ball of dough.
























Pinch off enough dough to wrap each olive. Using your hands, form a hollow space in the dough, place olive in the middle, and wrap dough to cover half of olive. Place on an lined baking sheet. 

Brush with egg wash and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

























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Star Fine Food's new Flavor Destinations: Italian (Garlic and Basil) Marinated Olives are available at Save Mart, Nob Hill, Raley’s and Lucky stores and online at  http://www.starfinefoods.com/our-products/olives/flavor-destinations-italian-garlic-basil-marinated-olives/














And I love them all! 






Disclaimer: I have an ongoing relationship with STAR Fine Foods for my recipes and photography using their wonderful products. This post is sponsored by STAR. I am compensated for my time and work and I am sent products as I request them. However, all opinions of the product stated in this post are 100% my own. I truly love their products!

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