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posted: 11/16/17

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This Olive Cheeseball is insanely good! It is absolutely perfect for bringing to parties and having at get togethers! This cheeseball recipe with cream cheese has the delicious flavors of olives, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, and a little kick of spice.

Don’t miss out on my original Cheese Ball recipe.

The Olive Cheeseball is covered with pecans, olives, parsley, and parmesan cheese

I am so happy to be working with Crunchmaster® crackers to bring you this delicious and easy holiday appetizer!

You guys, I am so happy that the holiday season is here! As many of you know, I love creating recipes that are perfect for easy entertaining, and that is especially fun to do for you around the holidays because everything is so festive and merry. Guys, I just want to put tinsel on everything this minute.

So this Olive Cheeseball is perfect for serving at a holiday cocktail party! It is a classic cheeseball recipe that took a little detour down the olive aisle of the grocery store and we should all be so happy that it did, because YUMMY!

Making a cheeseball is super easy! They turn out so pretty though it’s easy to be intimated by them, but no need!

Collage of four photos on the creation of the Olive Cheeseball (a stand mixer combines the ingredients then the clump of cheese is formed using seran wrap.

How to Make a Cheeseball

  1. Start with room temperature cream cheese and a flavor profile that sounds delicious.
  2. Mix in about a cup and a half of other cheeses. In this case we mix in some mozzarella and some parmesan.
  3. Mix in some seasonings. Here we did some garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, and some crushed red pepper flakes.
  4. Mix it all together with a hand mixer. Taste it and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  5. Let it set. Using plastic wrap, form it into a ball. Leave it completely wrapped and let it set for 8 hours.
  6. Coat before serving. I liked using olives here so people know the flavor right away. Then some pecans for crunch, some parsley for color, and some parmesan for a little extra texture. (If you only use nuts you can coat it before setting.)
  7. If you are using parmesan, add that to the outside last, as it will make it hard for other things to stick.
The Olive Cheeseball surrounded by the Multi-Seed Crackers.

What to Serve with Cheeseballs

You are going to want to serve it with Crunchmaster crackers. They deliver the perfect combination of crunchy goodness and savory taste in a better-for-you bite. They are gluten free, which makes them perfect to serve at the holidays to accommodate all of your guests. They hold up to this hefty cheese ball perfectly, and their flavor is amazing.

Some of the Olive Cheeseball on the Multi-Seed cracker

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The Olive Cheeseball is covered with pecans, olives, parsley, and parmesan cheese
This Olive Cheeseball is addictive!
5 from 5 votes

Olive Cheeseball

Serves: 20 people
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Prep: 20 minutes
This Olive Cheeseball is insanely good!  It is absolutely perfect for bringing to parties and having at get togethers!  This cheeseball recipe with cream cheese has the delicious flavors of olives, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, and a little kick of spice. 

Ingredients

For Cheeseball

  • 16 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup green olives chopped small
  • 1/2 cup black olives chopped small
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 green onions chopped small

For Coating

  • 1/4 cup green olives chopped small
  • 2 TBSPs parsley chopped small
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped small
  • 1 TBSP parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • In a large bowl mix together the ingredients for the cheeseball, add the red pepper flakes last and deciding how much you want to add after tasting it.
  • Spread out a large piece of saran wrap.  Place the mixture into the middle of it and and then using the saran wrap form it into a ball. Chill for 8 hours.
  • Before serving, remove the saran wrap then coat the cheeseball with the olives, parsley, and pecans.  Finally coat it with the parmesan. 
Author: Lisa Longley
This Olive Cheeseball is addictive!

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  1. Linda says

    I love cheese balls

    • Lisa Longley says

      Me too!

    • Carol S says

      5 stars
      Omg love this cheeseball and also love Crunchmaster crackers. Perfect combo!

  2. Alice says

    5 stars
    We love cheese balls. They’re so many different varieties and this is one of the better ones. The combination of the black and green olives is delicious. This is a keeper

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked this one!

  3. marlene Lavango says

    Do you have cream cheese and mayo with olives cheese Ball?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, Marlene, this is the only Olive Cheeseball recipe I have.

  4. RUTH says

    Love the olive chese ball

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it! This is a favorite of mine too.

  5. Robyn says

    I bought the ingredients, but am toying with putting chopped pecans in the cheeseball, as well as coating it. Have you tried that? Is it too much pecan???

    • Lisa Longley says

      I haven’t tried that. It would be too much for me, but tastes vary! It might be a hit for you!

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