Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
10 Mins
Chill Time
30 Mins
Bake Time
8 Mins
Cool Time
30 Mins
Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Dainty sandwiches filled with cream cheese-olive spread is a staple for ladies' teas in the South. This recipe can also be served with crackers or crudités.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together cream cheese, Spanish olives, and 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise. Shape cream cheese mixture into 2 (6-inch) logs; wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes, or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Step 2

Place pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan.

Step 3

Bake pecans at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally. Let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.

Step 4

Roll cream cheese log in chopped chives and toasted pecans just before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

SherriJ10's Review

May 08, 2013
After reading reviews, I decided to add some seasoning -- pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to taste. I also used a heaping 1/2 cup of chopped olives. No salt is needed because of the salt in the olives. I left it as a spread, omitting the chives and pecans. After sitting in the refrigerator to let flavors mingle, all I can say is that it was absolutely delicious!

TraciDR's Review

April 16, 2014

Sandra2's Review

January 25, 2014
A take on a tried and true recipe that is always a welcomed treat at gatherings.

MrsH0507's Review

December 17, 2010
My husband and I LOVE green olives, but this recipe is a dud. There's no melding of flavors. You'd get the same, or maybe better, flavor if you spread plain cream cheese on a cracker and put an olive on top. Guests were not impressed by this spread. I served at an annual get together where we eat lunch and then pull the food back out again for dinner - even with two go-rounds, this was barely touched.

carmelita's Review

June 21, 2010
While this is a very simple recipe to make, there is just nothing special about it. None of the flavors really pop out. It's just a so-so recipe.

newcook04's Review

May 04, 2010
I thought this recipe was very good and was enjoyed as an appetizer at my dinner party! Will keep this one in my back pocket. :)

mazeymorgan's Review

April 12, 2009
So easy to make- had all the ingredients on hand. Friends who didn't like olives even loved it... so did my 3 year old!

johnnystiletto's Review

January 18, 2009
I omitted the chives since I did not have any on hand. This recipe turned out EXACTLY like a cream cheese olive spread that I order at a local deli! Very easy, and I would definitely make it again.