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The Ultimate Appetizer: Olive Cheese Bread

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.
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This truly my favorite bread! I can't get enough of it!! It's so easy to make!!

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I felt I needed to leave feedback because this now my "go-to" food to take to everything! It is so easy and so delicious!! Definitely my most used pinned recipe! Thank you!!

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