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The Ultimate Appetizer: Olive Cheese Bread

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This is the recipe you need to have in your appetizer arsenal. It is the perfect appetizer for any of your get together’s! It is so simple and easy to make, but completely crave-worthy.

This Olive cheese bread combines all the brine-y flavors I love, in a gooey cheese filling, on top of a crusty bread. This might be as close to appetizer perfection anyone will ever get.

A jar of Spanish Olives lying on a wood table, surrounded by french bread, green onions, and black olives.

Olive Cheese Bread, Your New Go-To Crowd Pleasing Appetizer 

I originally published this recipe as a holiday appetizer, but this is a great appetizer any time of the year.  I love making it for super bowl parties, where it is always a huge hit.

Olive cheese bread comes together super fast! I love low stress and easy recipes that can be made quickly so I can get out of the kitchen and get back to the party with my friends and family. All you need to do is chop some olives & green, mix some butter and mayo, and stir in cheese. Slather it on top of French bread, bake, and you have an appetizer that will have your guests coming back for seconds.

Olive Cheese bread topping mixture of cheese, mayo, chopped olives, green onions in a mixing bowls with a wooden spoon.
Olive Cheese Bread

Olive Cheese Bread

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

For those of us who park ourselves in front of the relish tray at holiday gatherings? You will absolutely LOVE this! Cheesy & brine-y and the appetizer can not be beat.


  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • About 25 Spanish Queen Pimento Stuffed Olives
  • 6 ounce can of Black Olives drained
  • 2 stalks Green Onions (scallions)
  • 1 stick Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated


  1. Roughly chop both black olives and pimiento-stuffed olives. Slice green onions into thin pieces.
  2. Combine butter, mayonnaise, cheese, olives and green onions in a mixing bowl. Stir together until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread mixture thickly onto French bread that has been sliced lengthwise.
  4. Bake at 325ºF for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning.


The olive cheese mixture can also be made in advance and refrigerated for up to two days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 19.5gSaturated Fat: 10.7gSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 7.1g

Recipe source: Pioneer Woman

Loaf of olive cheese bread sliced into individual servings on a cookie sheet.

This appetizer does have a strong briny/olive-y flavor, if you’re not a fan of olives, this might not be your appetizer. But for those of us who park ourselves in front of the relish tray at holiday gatherings? You will absolutely LOVE this! In fact, I had a hard time not eating it while I was taking pictures.

Loaf of olive cheese bread sliced into individual servings on a wooden cutting board.

Bessie Ashby

Monday 20th of September 2021

This is soooo good. The only thing I did different was I put some sliced jalapenos on the top


Saturday 3rd of July 2021

Best.appetizer.ever. Hands down! I'm finally writing this recipe after having made this countless times! So easy, and so amazingly good! This is one thing that I have made that people actually ask me to bring to things!


Tuesday 8th of June 2021

I made this for a get together tonight and everyone loved it! I did make a few additions to the recipe. I added 1/2 C Ricotta cheese, 1 tsp garlic and 1 jar of artichoke hearts (in water - drained and rough chopped). Delicious!! Because the topping was plentiful, I pre-sliced the bread before adding the toppings and baking. It made it easier to serve and there was no mess from trying to slice it hot. We were saying that this is almost a meal and it would be fantastic with some sausage crumbles thrown in too

A S Kennedy

Saturday 24th of April 2021

I had 3/4 of a loaf of French bread that was frozen that I thawed while I made the olive-cheese topping. I put the cheese in my food processor and chopped it, adding in the butter and mayo. I had a very large jar of chopped mixed olives that I got at Costco that I put into the cheese and mayo mixture. Spread it on the French bread halves. It was incredibly easy and super delicious. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope you have a Costco near you because the pre-chopped mixed olives took all the work out of this recipe!

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