Easy Cheese Balls With Olives Recipe

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Earl January 18, 2021

If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s perfect for parties or casual hangouts, then you’ve come to the right place. This cheese balls recipe has the perfect balance of creaminess from the cheeses and acidity from the olives that’ll surely leave you salivating. It’s easy to make, too! So you don’t need to worry about needing extra skills to be able to perfectly pull this off.

This easy cheese ball recipe is a perfect alternative to its greasier contemporaries. It doesn’t require cooking, so you can tick that step off. No more oil splashes here! But, if you’re up for the challenge, you can also try out our Sausage Cheese Balls for a variant that’s more on the meaty side. 

Flavor-wise, this olive cheese ball recipe has a lot to offer as well. Despite not having meat and despite not being deep-fried, this cheese ball is anything but bland. Every bite lends itself to the harmony of ingredients that work together for an inviting hors d’oeuvres that will keep you wanting more. 

The richness of this cream cheese ball blends well with the added saltiness of the mozzarella and the sharpness of the parmesan. The extra spices provide an additional kick of flavor to the cheese balls. Olives are the stars of this dish and for good reason. The chopped up fruits add the necessary zing and tartness to cut some of the thickness of the cheeses and give you a bit of freshness from time to time. Finally, the coating provides an excellent contrast in terms of texture to the dish. The crispiness of the pecans especially, balance out the otherwise creamy texture of the balls. 

We did the work for you and made sure that the steps included in this recipe are as easy as possible. This cheese ball recipe will teach you how to achieve this appetizer with the perfect marriage of flavors.

How To Serve Olive Cheese Balls

Trust us when we say that these balls of flavor on their own will already satisfy your guests’ cravings even when served on their own. However, if you want to take this dish up a notch, there are a few ways to go about it. 

The first option is to serve the creamy balls with a dip. The ideal dip for this hors d’oeuvres is one that can add more brightness in terms of flavor. For this recipe, we recommend having it with a standard marinara sauce on the side. The juiciness of the tomatoes should add freshness to balance out the thickness of the cheese. Aside from that, our standard marinara also has an extra kick of spices from the onion and garlic cloves. It has just the right amount of spice from the red pepper flakes, and the touch of oregano in the marinara adds a slight bitterness and herbaceous-ness for a well-rounded flavor profile. This flavor combination is great for pairing with the cheese balls.

Tip: Crumble crispy cooked bacon to this recipe for added texture and flavor. Use an electric or hand mixer if you need to speed things up.

The second option is to serve cheese balls with some extra food items on the side. Typically, you can serve them with crispy fruits like apples and pears. Alternatively, you can enjoy them with bread, pretzels, pita, or some biscuits. If you’re up to it, you can even try making your own bagel chips to go with them. The chips will add more crunch to the dish, a perfect contrast to the creamy texture of the balls. The bagel chips are more neutral in terms of flavor which makes them a great base for spreading cheese. 

How To Make Olive Cheese Balls

These olive cheese balls have the perfect balance of salt from the cheeses and tang from the olives. With a perfect marriage of flavors, this tasteful appetizer will keep you hungry for more.

Prep: 15 mins
Chilling Time: 8 hrs
Makes:
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Ingredients

Cheese Balls:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ½ cup green olives, chopped
  • ¼ cup black olives, chopped
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped

Coating:

  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • cup green olives, chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • ½ tbsp parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir in all the ingredients for the balls. Mix the ingredients using a silicone spatula until everything is evenly distributed and fully incorporated.

  2. Form the balls that are around 1 inch in diameter. Use saran wrap to individually wrap the balls. Chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours until firm.

  3. In a separate plate, combine all the ingredients for the coating, and mix.

  4. Take the balls out of the freezer, and release them from the saran wrap. Using a fork, proceed to roll each one on the coating mixture until all surfaces are covered.

  5. Serve with tomato salsa on the side, and enjoy!

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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 118mg
  • Calories: 202kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 39mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 70mg
  • Protein: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Sodium: 552mg
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 598IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

Can I make cheese balls ahead of time?

Yes. It’s perfectly fine to make them ahead of time. However, do not proceed with the coating until you are ready to serve the appetizer. This is to ensure that the coating is fresh and presentable for serving. This also guarantees that your pecans remain crunchy for the best experience. It’s best to keep the balls in their individual saran wraps and chill them in the fridge, until then. You can also freeze the cheese balls to extend their shelf life.

How long can I store my cheese balls?

When stored in the refrigerator, these can generally be kept for up to two weeks if the ingredients you used are fresh. It really depends on the freshness of your ingredients, so it’s best to check for changes in the quality of the balls yourself. You should watch out for molds and foul smells as these are telltale signs that they have gone bad. You can serve them to your guests for two hours at a time. After which, you should keep the balls chilled to extend their freshness.

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Conclusion

You don’t need to have expert-level cooking skills to make good food. With this olive cheese balls recipe, you can make an impressive and tasteful appetizer using simple day-to-day ingredients. Despite the simplicity of making this appetizer, this dish has a lot of charm when it comes to flavor. It can be paired with different sides, too. You can expect that no bite will ever be dull. Have them for any occasion!

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