Festive Olive Cheese Ball Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Festive Olive Cheese Ball Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Festive Olive Cheese Ball

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"This is a cheese ball that has olives, butter and garlic in it, and it is rolled in walnuts - we enjoyed it every year at Christmas as children."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and margarine until well blended. Mix in the green olives and garlic powder. Shape into a ball, and roll in chopped walnuts to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving, but preferably overnight. Serve with an assortment of crackers.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 04, 2006

This cheese ball is wonderful! It has become an annual addition to my Christmas Eve appetizers. It is extremely simple, beautiful to look at, and wonderfully tasty - I serve it with assorted bagel chips.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 23, 2006

I thought it was very good, but extremely salty. My family apparently loves salt, though, because everyone raved!! I'd make it again, maybe with less olives and garlic.


18 Ratings

Aug 30, 2006

This cheese ball is awesome!!!! I had something like it at a wedding and I have been searching for a recipe for years now! If you like olives you will love this recipe. Quick and easy, a great last minute recipe when you need an appetizer.

Dec 26, 2006

Just what I was kinda looking for. Simple but very tasty. I didn't have garlic powder. Used 4 cloves of smashed roasted garlic. Let it rest overnight. Take out of fridge at least 1/2 hour before serving. ---thank you for recipe

Nov 13, 2008

For those who think it's too salty, you may want to use unsalted butter. Just a thought.

May 15, 2008

Can't wait to make this again!!!

Mar 11, 2008

I liked this ok, but evidently my guests did not because hardly anyone ate it. I think I would make it again and leave out the garlic powder.

Sep 14, 2008

Extremely salty. Too much for my tongue!


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  • Calories
  • 159 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.8 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 16.5 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 263 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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