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    Cream cheese and olives

    This has been a summer staple in my family since well before I came around. Simple, tasty, versatile, and it makes for easy and quick lunches and whatnot. I usually spread it for sandwiches, but you can use this for a spread on crackers at a party, for example. I mixed this up to make a sandwich for lunch today.

    • 2 bricks cream cheese, well-softened
    • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise or sour cream
    • 1 10-oz jar of sliced salad olives


    Set out cream cheese for 2-3 hours to allow it to reach room temperature. You can also soften it even more by putting the bricks (in package) in the oven on the lowest possible setting for about 20 minutes.

    Combine cream cheese and mayo or sour cream (for spreadability) in a bowl and mix thoroughly with rubber spatula. Slowly fork in olives from jar; do not add brine. It will be easier to fold these in a little bit at a time, rather than just trying to add them all at once. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.


    You can "jazz this up" all sorts of ways. My mother used to sometimes add crushed walnuts or pecans, for example. I like to add a little jar of capers. In the case of a sandwich or as a spread at a party, you can cover the top with Picapeppa sauce for a nice tang. I've also had this as a spread with jalapeño jelly over the top, which is quite tasty, too.
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    I just put plain cream cheese on crackers with sliced black olives. Very tasty lunch.

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    I wonder what a 'touch' of garlic would do for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramps View Post
    I wonder what a 'touch' of garlic would do for this.
    Probably quite tasty indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    Probably quite tasty indeed.
    I have the olives, and some cream cheese I need to use.

    This will be Fri lunch, with a 'touch' of garlic on crackers..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramps View Post
    I have the olives, and some cream cheese I need to use.

    This will be Fri lunch, with a 'touch' of garlic on crackers..
    I love the garlic-stuffed olives I get from time to time at Publix, so I would think that some minced garlic mixed in would be pretty good. Would go nicely with the capers that I like, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    I love the garlic-stuffed olives I get from time to time at Publix, so I would think that some minced garlic mixed in would be pretty good. Would go nicely with the capers that I like, too.
    I'm not sure I want the capers with garlic except for texture. The crunch factor which is there with the cracker. BTW, no way I do this with a common soda cracker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    This has been a summer staple in my family since well before I came around. Simple, tasty, versatile, and it makes for easy and quick lunches and whatnot. I usually spread it for sandwiches, but you can use this for a spread on crackers at a party, for example. I mixed this up to make a sandwich for lunch today.

    • 2 bricks cream cheese, well-softened
    • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise or sour cream
    • 1 10-oz jar of sliced salad olives


    Set out cream cheese for 2-3 hours to allow it to reach room temperature. You can also soften it even more by putting the bricks (in package) in the oven on the lowest possible setting for about 20 minutes.

    Combine cream cheese and mayo or sour cream (for spreadability) in a bowl and mix thoroughly with rubber spatula. Slowly fork in olives from jar; do not add brine. It will be easier to fold these in a little bit at a time, rather than just trying to add them all at once. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.


    You can "jazz this up" all sorts of ways. My mother used to sometimes add crushed walnuts or pecans, for example. I like to add a little jar of capers. In the case of a sandwich or as a spread at a party, you can cover the top with Picapeppa sauce for a nice tang. I've also had this as a spread with jalapeño jelly over the top, which is quite tasty, too.
    My college roommate turned me on to cream cheese and olive sandwiches, but she didn't bother with making a spread. She just slathered cream cheese onto toast and added a bunch of sliced olives until the surface of the cream cheese was essentially covered in olives. I've since done the same with capers. On a bagel with a thin slice of tomato on top, it's heaven on a bagel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celeste Chalfonte View Post
    My college roommate turned me on to cream cheese and olive sandwiches, but she didn't bother with making a spread. She just slathered cream cheese onto toast and added a bunch of sliced olives until the surface of the cream cheese was essentially covered in olives. I've since done the same with capers. On a bagel with a thin slice of tomato on top, it's heaven on a bagel.
    There at least used to be a little (I presume Jewish) deli at 88th and Lex that would work up a toasted onion bagel (fresh-made that morning), a spread of cream cheese, sprinkle on a few capers, and top it with some thin-sliced lox. That was some seriously good stuff, and it was cheap at the time: I think it was about $1.80 including tax back in the day when my brother lived two blocks away on 90th, but that was more than twenty years ago. I don't know if they're still there or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    There at least used to be a little (I presume Jewish) deli at 88th and Lex that would work up a toasted onion bagel (fresh-made that morning), a spread of cream cheese, sprinkle on a few capers, and top it with some thin-sliced lox. That was some seriously good stuff, and it was cheap at the time: I think it was about $1.80 including tax back in the day when my brother lived two blocks away on 90th, but that was more than twenty years ago. I don't know if they're still there or not.
    Add a little onion and tomato and that is one of my favorite meals
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