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Olive and Cheese Puff Pastry Squares

Olive and Cheese Puff Pastry Squares

I’m about to admit something that is completely embarrassing so please don’t make fun of me too much. Here goes nothing…when I was younger, I used to put black olives on my fingertips and run around the house like a little olive monster…and my parents have pictures to prove it. In fact, my love for olives was so out of control that my Mom started calling me Olive Oil. There, I said it. Go ahead and laugh.

Obviously, my obsession with olives started when I was very young. My Mom would always buy special olives from the deli that were stuffed with so many delicious flavors. I would grab the container out of the refrigerator and devour them one after another.

Well…it turns out I’m not the only one who loves to snack on olives. My husband, more often than not, always makes sure that we have pimento-stuffed green olives on hand for our insane cravings.

Over the weekend, I decided to graduate from eating olives straight out of the jar to actually creating a delicious appetizer that combined our two loves: cheese and olives…oh, and puff pastry.

Olive and Cheese Puff Pastry Squares

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped black olives
  • 1/2 cup chopped pimento-stuffed green olives

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roll out puff pastry sheet onto a lightly floured surface. Cut the sheet into squares.
  3. Whisk together egg and water and brush mixture over the squares.
  4. Mix together the Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, basil and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle about one tablespoon over each square.
  5. Mix together the chopped olives and sprinkle about one tablespoon over the cheese-covered squares.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes and serve immediately.

To learn more about my newfound love for puff pastry, be sure to stop by The Confident Mom’s blog today to see my recipe for Apple Cinnamon Puff Pastry Twists.

9 Comments

  • Reply Jenny July 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Oh my goodness these look incredible!!

  • Reply Paula - bell'alimento July 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    ehem I did the same thing ; ) so I guess they'll have to poke fun at me too LOL Obviously I love olives and this looks fab!

  • Reply Maria July 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Perfect party food!

  • Reply Cookin' Canuck July 12, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    You and I would have to fight over the olives! This is such a fun recipe.

  • Reply Appetite for Conversation July 13, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Boy, does that look fantastic!

  • Reply Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker July 13, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Great appetizer! My boyfriend would love this – when I make pepperoni bread he always requests one with lots of olives added!

  • Reply Tracy July 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    These look amazing! What a great appetizer or just an afternoon snack!

  • Reply Trudy ~ veggie num num July 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Olives straight from the jar are one of life's many guilty pleasures :) this simple recipe looks so very good and moreish I bet… YUM!

  • Reply Fuji Mama July 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    This looks absolutely over the top delicious! You and I have the olive monster past in common…glad I don't have to be completely ashamed. I'm not alone! :)

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