I also made these tasty, bite-sized little snacks for Eurovision. I didn’t take a photo of them on their own, but you can see them in the main ‘Eurovision’ spread photo, in a square bowl, and I’ve cropped a small version.
I’m not a big fan of olives of any colour, but the green ones really work well in this recipe as the tasty tang of the cheese mitigates the (in my opinion) slightly unpleasant taste of the olives making the whole morsel pleasantly flavoursome. The cheese also makes the outside of the bite crispy, contrasting nicely with the soft inside.
Makes about 20 bites
155g of strong cheddar, grated (I used the lovely Shropshire Red that I’ve started getting from Sainsbury’s – deliciously tangy!)
80g of butter, cubed
110g of plain flour
20 pitted green olives
A pinch of salt
Mix the cheese, salt and flour together. Stir in the cubed butter, mixing together to make a loose dough.
Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 200
Form the chilled dough into balls – not too big but large enough to contain the olives.
Press a hole in the middle of each ball, insert an olive into each and seal, reforming a ball.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place the balls on the tray Make sure that they’re reasonably well spaced out as they will spread during cooking.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Turn them halfway through cooking as they’ll spread slightly during cooking – if you don’t turn them over you’ll end up with something bell shaped.
Tasty olives? Who’d’ve thought it? 😉