Roasted Olives in Feta Cheese

This was the absolute hit of our office party—gave out the recipe and everyone is making it for New Years.

1 C Green pimento stuffed olives
1 C Pitted black olives
3 tbsp Commercial Italian salad dressing
1/2 tsp Coarse ground pepper
1/2 lb Feta cheese, drained and crumbled (I buy it already crumbled)

3 8-oz pkgs Cream Cheese (NOT low fat)
1/2 tsp Chopped garlic

1. Drain olives and toss with Italian salad dressing. Place olives in baking dish and roast for 25 minutes at 350° (med. hot oven) or until slightly charred. Cool and chop.
2. In large bowl, mix and beat pepper, feta, cream cheese, garlic. Fold in olives.
3. Line round, flat dish or pan with plastic wrap (I used a round Tupperware container) and firmly press cheese mixture into the dish. Smooth into a larage cheese round. Fold ends of plastic wrap over all. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until firm.
4. Invert on plate, remove wrap and serve with crackers. You can also cut into four wedges and wrap each and give as gifts.

Makes 4 cups.


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