Olive & Cream Cheese Dip: A Holiday Appetizer Recipe Blog Hop


If there’s one thing that frequent entertaining has taught me, it’s how to whip up a good party appetizer. In my books a good app has to be tasty, easy to make, and easy to eat (if you need a fork, it’s out!). So I’m thrilled to join this holiday appetizer recipe hop. Many of my favourite bloggers are taking part in this so I know the recipes are going to be fantastic!

Olive & Cream Cheese Dip

Olives and cheese account for two of my four major food groups (coffee and chocolate make up the rest) and this recipes brings them together in a perfectly dippable, spreadable appetizer that makes it easy to eat more of my favourite foods.


  • 1 package softened cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil or olive brine
  • 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped olives – my favourites are Picholine, Kalamata and Niçoise but use whichever you like best
  • Balsamic oil for drizzling


  1. Let the cream cheese come to room temperature (or if you just can’t wait, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds until soft)
  2. Stir in the garlic and olive oil or brine.
  3. Spread mixture in a shallow bowl or plate.
  4. Top with chopped olives.
  5. Drizzle balsamic over top and serve with crackers or bread.

Even non-olive eaters have been converted with this easy hors d’oeuvre.

Wishing you a holiday season of easy entertaining and delicious snacking!

For more delicious holiday entertaining recipes be sure to click on the links below – these ladies know how to make easy appetizers look impressive!

Goat Cheese Log by Barbara of Hodge:Podge
Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Cheese Fondue Appetizer by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Festive Crostini with Cranberry Compote & Brie by Shauna of Satori Design for Living
Stuffed Mushrooms by Dannyelle of Life is a Party
Loaded BLT Dip by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Cranberry Baked Brie by Jenn of Clean & Scentsible
Ritz Pizza Crackers by Shannon of AKA Design
Whipped Goat Cheese and Cranberry Jalapeno Crostini by Kristeena of Motherhood in Stilettos

Special thanks to Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life, for putting this together.

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