This loaded olive cheese bread is the ultimate appetizer! A delicious mixture of fresh parsley, cheese, garlic, mayonnaise, and salty olives sitting on top of crusty french bread. Incredibly flavorful and so easy to make!
So there’s a funny story behind the development of this new recipe. Prior to just a few months ago, I would have never considered myself to be an olive person. Yup, I didn’t want them on my pizza, in my salads, or anywhere near my food, ha! I was watching another bloggers’ IG stories and she was lamenting on and on about these olives from Trader Joes. Needless to say, I figured what the heck, let me give them a try.
They were these big and meaty olives that honestly weren’t bad as I chalked them up to be in my head lol. I took to my Insta to gather in cyber community with my followers to ask them about their olive recommendations. Whew, I received sooo many (and learned a lot!). From there I started playing around with a few different olive-inspired recipes. Which leads us now to this loaded olive cheese bread, y’all!
What Is Loaded Olive Cheese Bread?
Think of this olive cheese bread as the cousin to traditional garlic bread but more loaded. The topping is comprised of a thicker type of mixture that is so flavorful, extra cheesy, and full of texture! You get the cheesiness, the freshness from the herbs, and the nice salty/briny taste from the olives. This bread is so dang good! And what’s even better is that it’s also so easy to make and makes for the perfect appetizer too.
Ingredients To Make This Recipe
- french baguette
- italian blend shredded cheese
- castelvetrano olives
- cajun seasoning
Let’s Talk About Olives
For this recipe, I highly recommend using castelvetrano olives! Out of all the olives I’ve tried, I just keep coming back to castelvetrano olives. These Italian olives are the country’s favorite “snacking olive” as well. This is a bright green olive that is well known for its buttery taste and mild flavor. They also tend to be both salty/sweet on the palate and perfect for those who may be on the fence with olives.
How To Make Loaded Olive Cheese Bread (Video)
Listen, making this olive-y, herb-y, cheesy deliciousness is so easy you all! Watch the video below…
- Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- Cut baguette loaf into four halves and place onto baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients together and mix until well combined.
- Spread olive cheese mixture evenly onto prepared bread loaves.
- Place under broil for 5 minutes or until mixture is golden and bubbly.
Can I Use Another Type Of Olive?
Yes! You could honestly use whatever type of olive you have on hand/prefer. I find that green olives (especially castelvetrano olives) work best. The difference between green vs. black olives is when they are harvested. Green olives are picked before they are ripened and black olives ripen while still on the tree. Green olives tend to be more saltier, meatier, and tender than its black olive counterparts. Black olives are less dense and drier due to the fact that they are fully ripened. I like the full-bodied texture of green olives.
Recipes To Pair With This Olive Cheese Bread
- Creamy Rigatoni With Sausage and Kale
- One-Pot Casarecce Pasta
- Easy Sausage and Peppers
- The Best Easy Meatballs Recipe
- Salmon Cakes With Quick Aioli
- Easy Skillet Lasagna
- One-Pot Creamy Beef Pasta
- Creamy Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi
What Kind Of Cheese Works Best
I really enjoy using Italian six cheese blend with this bread recipe. I find this in the pre-bagged shredded cheese section in my local grocery store. The Italian six cheese blend is a mixture of mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, asiago, fontina, and romano white cheeses. If you don’t have access to this type of cheese, feel free to use any one of these shredded cheeses. As an alternate, shredded mozzarella would work the best!
Do I Need To Butter The Bread First?
Over here at Butter Be Ready, we love us some butter, ha! But for this recipe I *do not* recommend you butter your bread before. The reason being is that the mayonnaise already provides an oily/fatty base that absorbs into the mixture and bread once broiled. In addition, I highly recommend using Duke’s mayonnaise! This Southern brand is known for its silky smooth, super creamy, and delicious taste!
This loaded olive cheese bread has become such a favorite in my home! It makes a great appetizer to accompany some of your favorite meals. And take it from a person that despised olives, this recipe will blow you away! I’m obsessed, y’all. Hope you enjoy this one too and can’t wait to see all the recreations!
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This loaded olive cheese bread is the ultimate appetizer! A delicious mixture of fresh parsley, cheese, garlic, mayonnaise, and salty olives sitting on top of crusty french bread. So easy to make!
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 cup pitted/halved Castelvetrano olives
- 1/2 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning, or seasoned salt
- 1 French baguette, sliced into 4 halves
- Line a medium-sized baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- In a large bowl: combine mayonnaise, cheese, garlic, olives, parsley, and seasonings together. Mix together until fully incorporated.
- Using a spoon/small spatula, evenly spread mixture onto prepared baguette halves.
- Place baguette halves into the oven and broil for 4-5 minutes, or until baguette halves are golden brown and cheese mixture is bubbly.
- Let cool for 1-2 minutes and enjoy!
- Feel free to use any other type of pitted/halved green olives.
- To make this vegan: use vegan mayonnaise and vegan cheese shreds.
Keywords: olive, bread, appetizer, cheese