olive cheese tarts

Olive cheese tarts are the perfect impromptu party snack.

They're cheesey. They're salty. They're spicy. And you can make a batch to keep in the freezer and just pop in the oven whenever a friend or neighbor shows up.

Or... you know... when you get a craving for something cheesy and salty and spicy.

The recipe comes from Husband's Grandma. His family still makes these every Christmas.

Here's what you'll need:

2 cups finely grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup sifted flour [I used gluten-free!]
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika [or more]
1 teaspoon hot sauce [or more]
about 36 pimento-stuffed olives

Start by mixing everything except for the olives, forming a crumbly dough.

Wrap each olive in about a teaspoon of the dough, making sure to cover completely.

Freeze the tarts. You can store them for... well until you eat them all. It probably will be before they go bad. Trust me.

Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes - no need to defrost before putting in the oven.

Serve with a dirty martini, a cold beer, or even a Coke.


  1. These look fantastic! So glad that you used Gluten Free flour. I would love for you to check out my GF blog. :)



  2. Yum! I have a crafternoon planned with the girls this Saturday. I'll give this a try. Thanks!

  3. Look nice. You might like to look at how I do cheese snacks. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/cheese-and-crackers.html

  4. Awesome!! So good. Next time i think ill try to split the flour with some cornmeal- think it would be a good addition.