Recipe of the Week: Mama Sue’s Olive Puffs
By Devon Carey Berrier
This appetizer is one of my most favorite simple things my mom makes. Whenever I taste one, it takes me back to when I was little and my parents would host wine tasting dinners at our house (generally, my brother and I were supposed to be in bed by the time the yummy food was brought out) and I would sneak one or two (or three) of these little delicious delights.
YOU WILL NEED:
½ cup (one stick) cold unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)*
2 cups grated cheddar cheese (or 1 cup jarlsberg cheese and 1 cup cheddar)
1 cup all purpose flour
Dash of white pepper
1 jar of green olives with pimento (no other olive is as delicious as these)
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
In a large mixing bowl blend the butter and cheese.
In a small bowl add the pepper to the flour. Gradually add flour to the butter and cheese mixture until little balls of dough appear. Do not overwork the dough or it will be tough rather than flaky. Scoop about a teaspoonful of dough into the palm of your hand and roll into a ball about the size of a marble. Flatten the ball, place an olive in the middle, and wrap the dough completely around the olive. Place the olive puff on a greased baking sheet. Repeat this process with the remaining dough and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Cool the olive puffs slightly before popping one in your mouth—you will not be able to stop at just one!
*The butter must be cold in order for the dough to puff properly during the baking process. The cold butter actually creates pockets within the dough that when heated up create steam and allow for a really flaky crust on the olive which leads to a little slice of heaven in your mouth.
One recipe will make about 12-16 puffs. I always double this recipe if I’m serving more than four guests. They are always a hit!