Apparently this is the year that I try all the Pioneer Woman recipes I've had on my list. I started a new tradition by making her cinnamon rolls on New Years Day (you can see the photo and tweaks I made to the recipe here) and they were so much easier than I anticipated. And of course, so delicious.
Dave loves olives of all kinds, so I've been wanting to make him the Pioneer Woman's Cheesy Olive Bread since I got her book from my Grandma's stash. This bread was so easy (I made it with Iris on my hip), but it looks fancy and tastes wonderful. The perfect party snack!
I decided to make it Mediterranean Style because we have a huge jar of Kalamata olives from Costco and I've been craving artichokes, so it was a no brainer. We had ours with Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (from Costco, so delicious), would have been amazing with salad as well…or best yet, soup and salad!
I also switched out the regular French bread for a loaf of whole wheat french bread from the bakery, I'll snap a picture next time we grab some because it was really healthy and really yummy. When Dave reheated a few pieces of the cheesy bread the next day, he added sliced turkey on top. They made great leftovers...enjoy!
1 loaf Bread (French or Whole Wheat)
1 Can Artichoke Hearts, rinsed and drained
Kalamata Olives (1/2 of the artichoke heart can full), rinsed and drained
½ teaspoon Paprika
3/4 stick Butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Just Mayo (or regular mayonnaise)
10-12 oz Mozzarella and Parmesan Grated Mix (or cheese of choice)
Preheat the oven to 325.
Rinse, drain, and chop the artichoke hearts. Fill the empty can half full of Kalamata olives, drain and rinse. Slice the olives (I did 2-3 cuts per olive, not super thin, but not huge chunks either).
Combine the softened butter, mayo, cheese, olives, and artichoke hearts in a mixing bowl. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Mine didn’t combine as well as I liked until I put it on the second speed of my Kitchenaid mixer for a minute or two.
Spread the mixture onto the bread. Bake until the cheese is melted and browning, about 20 minutes. Check as it gets close, mine only took about 18 minutes.
I hope you all enjoy the recipe, let me know if you try it, I'd love to see your photos and to know if you loved it as much as we did! You can find other recipes here.