Dear Mama: Olive Balls Recipe

With Mother’s Day coming up, it gave me a chance to reflect back on my own mother…and some of the things she has taught me when it comes to cooking and entertaining, and memories associated with certain foods.

Just about every holiday, my mom would make olive balls. You heard me. Olive. Balls.

Now, you might think that’s weird, but frankly I think it’s weird when someone says they’ve never even heard of these delectable little bites of heaven.

Even if you aren’t crazy about green olives, hear me out and give this one a try. They taste very similar to sausage balls, but without the sausage. And trust me and my Mama—they’ll be a hit at any occasion.

Olive Balls
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (I soften mine up in the microwave for about 20 seconds)
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 tsp. paprika
1 jar of green olives

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Using a hand-mixer or stand mixer, blend together the melted butter and shredded cheese. Add in the flour and paprika to make the dough. Drain the olives and put on a paper towel—this will help the olives be as dry as possible. Spoon out a teaspoon-size scoop of the dough and roll into a ball. Press your thumb into the middle of the ball and place an olive into the dent. Pinch up the dough around the olive and re-roll into a ball. Place onto an ungreased cookie sheet and repeat until you’re out of dough. Cook for 7-9 minutes and serve warm!

These are great little appetizers that everyone—all 35+ members—of my family enjoys! 😉

What are some family recipes that you love? Let us know!