I’m always on the lookout for appetizer recipes that are quick and easy crowd pleasers. Ann has been making these simple Olive Broils for years and they are always a hit. She has gotten creative and substitutes various ingredients – I’ll give you the original recipe and a couple variations, but this is definitely a concept you can make your own. Just add and subtract based on your likes and dislikes, or to match other foods on your menu. These are a great party food to add to your next game night or cocktail hour.
2 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1 small can sliced olives, drained
1 jar real bacon bits
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1 package pumpernickel cocktail breads (sometimes in the deli area)
Mix together first four ingredients in a medium bowl. You may need to add more mayo – the goal is to get the mixture to stick together without being gloppy.
Turn the broiler on high and move the oven rack to the top position.
Use a heaping tablespoon of the mixture to top each slice of bread. Lay out on a cookie sheet. When the tray is full, place under the broiler for five minutes, just until cheese starts to bubble and brown.
Variations we’ve tried:
*Shredded Jarlsberg cheese and red onion on rye cocktail breads
*Shredded mozzerella and diced pepperoni on wheat cocktail breads