Olive Cheese Bread

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Olive Cheese Bread I One Lovely Life

It would seem we’re all about dessert here this week. So sorry to break the trend, but I never was very trendy to begin with. Instead, you get olive cheese bread.

Olive cheese bread is a revelation.

Michael and I live in Hot-as-Blazes USA now, and when the temperatures stay in the triple digits (except for those occasional chilly mid-90s days), let’s just say that it’s a great thing to have something that doesn’t require a lot of time in front of a hot oven. Don’t get me wrong, I love my oven, but it’s just natural to want something light and fresh for dinner in the summer. Now is not the time for pot roast and mashed potatoes. It’s just not.

Olive Cheese Bread I One Lovely Life

We’ve been doing a lot of fruits, vegetables, salads, and appetizer-ish things lately. The appetizer (such as bruschetta or in this case olive cheese bread) provides some substance and usually requires very little cook time, or at least very little attention while cooking. Paired with peak-of-season fruits and vegetables, it makes for a perfect light meal.

I’ve adapted a recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cookbook, and I really like it! If you don’t want to go the appetizer route, this makes a great alternative to traditional garlic bread paired with pasta or you could serve it with grilled chicken or steak.

Also, if you’re nervous about green olives, you could certainly use all black olives, or you can rinse the green olives under cold water for a few seconds to remove some of the briny taste.

Olive Cheese Bread I One Lovely Life

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Olive Cheese Bread

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  • 1 loaf ciabatta or French bread, halved lengthwise
  • 1 (6oz) can black olives, roughly chopped
  • 1 (3-5oz) jar green olives with pimentos, roughly chopped (depending on how much you like green olives)
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4tsp black pepper
  • 6Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2c mayonnaise (I used light)
  • 1 1/2c Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2c cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In a large bowl, combine olives, green onions, garlic, black pepper, butter, mayonnaise, and cheeses. Spread over bread.
  2. *At this point you can bake or freeze the bread.

To freeze:

  1. place on a pan in the freezer 20-30 minutes or until no longer gooey. Wrap in plastic wrap or airtight bag/container. When ready to use, bake frozen at 350 about 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Slice into wedges and serve.

To bake:

  1. Place on baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is melted. Slice into wedges and serve.



  1. I’m making these tonight for the Rollins family. I am sure they will love it as much as I did when I got to taste it at Christmas time. It was so dreamily delicious!

  2. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS AT MOM’S HOUSE! It was o-mazing! I’ve never been a green olive gal, but I thought they were great in this! This will definitely be going into the rotation at home. Chad’s already missing the cooking we got to enjoy from you and Mom!

  3. Emily! It was so fun to get to meet you via Skype on Sunday. This bread was to die for, I am going shopping tonight and buying all the ingredients to make it again. And I will have to send you the Chile Cheese Bread. We made them both that night and they were pretty tasty together 🙂 You will have to email me so I have your address and I will send it your way!

  4. Hi Emily,

    Your daughter is so CUTE!!!!! I’m so glad that you are pregnant again. You look so happy! You also still look like you are cooking up a storm! This Olive Cheese Bread looks so awesome! I’m getting hungry. I use to like to cook but not anymore. Maybe because I don’t have a man to cook for anymore, and also, working full-time and being a single mom–I about collapse by the time I get home–cooking is about the last thing I want to do (besides dishes–those are the worst!!!). Anyway, it looks like all is going well with you and your nice family. Miss you and your Muffin Wednesdays!

  5. This is an absolute FAVORITE! I didn’t think ‘green olives’ had a place in society, but this recipe convinced me I was totally wrong! I’ve served this dozens of times – even to people who don’t think they like olives, and they have loved this! YUM!

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