Fried Olives Stuffed With Cheeses and Herbs


Need a new appetizer to add to your lineup? I have just what you’re looking for. I must tell you though that these are incredibly addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn you ; ) Perhaps because they’re cute little bite sized morsels I don’t feel as bad eating them {well that’s until I look down and I’ve inhaled the entire plate, but we won’t talk about that}

In fact I think they just might be THE perfect appetizer. Did I mention they’re completely customizable! You can use any type of olive that you like just make sure it the biggest you can find {and of course they need to be pitted so you can fill them with creamy cheesy goodness} This go round I used a combination of ricotta and goat cheese. If you’re not a fan of let’s say goat cheese {and gasp if not} then just use more ricotta.

You can even fill them ahead of time {it is the part that will take the longest, but they’re so worth it} pop them in the fridge and about 30 minutes before you’re expecting to have company {or ehem enjoy them yourself} set them out to come to room temperature, bread them and then plunge them into their hot oil bath ; )

You’ll want to let them cool off for a few minutes before enjoying {I know this will be hard but we don’t want anyone burning their tongues now do we} I like to serve them in small little ramekins for each guest to enjoy. You can also plate them with cute picks. I am absolutely in LURVE with the pewter seahorse pics that I picked up at World Market the other day and I’m using them every chance I get.


Fried Olives Stuffed with Cheeses and Herbs

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  • 6 ounces large ripe green olives - drained and rinsed
  • 7.5 ounces Ricotta cheese - room temperature
  • 2 ounces goat cheese - room temperature
  • 1 clove of garlic - mashed into a paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon thyme - chopped FINE
  • zest of 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 cup flour - to dredge
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs - to dredge
  • vegetable/canola oil - enough to fry


  1. Into a small bowl add: ricotta, goat cheese, lemon zest, lemon thyme and garlic. Mix well to combine. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag {or zip lock bag if you do no have a pastry bag} Using a small long fine tip pipe the cheese mixture into the olive cavity. Continue until all olives are filled.
  2. Place oil into a large dutch oven {frying machine or like} and heat oil until it reaches 350 degrees.
  3. WHILE the oil is heating. Prepare dredging station. Place the flour, egg, and breadcrumbs into 3 SEPARATE small shallow bowls.
  4. Place the stuffed olives into the flour and coat well. Using a large slotted spoon transfer olives to egg mixture. Coat well and then transfer to the breadcrumbs and coated well. Continue until all olives have been breaded.
  5. When oil is hot, place a spoonful of breaded olives into oil and cook until golden {this will go VERY quickly less than 30 seconds so remain close} When golden, transfer olives to a plate lined with paper towels. Continue until all olives are cooked.


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  1. 1

    We all love olives in our home, and I know my fam would go crazy for these, they look great!

  2. 2

    oh paula. i think you are on a mission to make me fat 🙂 seriously though, when you tweeted about these i was so excited for the post to come! they sound incredible!

  3. 3

    Ok I am an olive fiend and have NEVER seen them fried. This is incredible.

  4. 4

    Paula, these olives look great! I would bet that variations with different cheese would really be fun, like Gorgonzola, or Gouda!

    Bon appetit!

  5. 5

    Oh my goodness, these are just gorgeous! I adore olives and stuffed with cheese and fried makes them even better! Just fabulous!

  6. 6

    Yum, I love fried olives, and stuffing them with cheese is a great idea 🙂

  7. 7

    awesome……buonissimi …what else cal I say?? :)))

  8. 8
    Mylynka /

    WOW! I can’t wait to make these! …then EAT them! 🙂

  9. 9

    Yum, yum, yum!! For my last cookie exchange, I did olives stuffed with blue cheese, then wrapped in a cheese dough similar to cheese straws, then baked, so good!!

  10. 10

    These look absolutely amazing! I should never look at any of your pictures before lunchtime. Sigh.

  11. 11

    Whoa baby!!! I love stuffed olives…never ever thought of frying them. YUM!

  12. 12

    Wow is about all I can say. Not only is the recipe great, the photos are way up there as well. Well done.

  13. 13

    I am so excited to make these! Thanks for the post!

  14. 14

    Whoa! These look terrific.

    New site design is lookin’ good too!

  15. 15

    Perfect! Planning a tweetup in my home in two weeks…what should I make when I’ve got chefs coming over. These!

  16. 16

    Lovely Paula! I’m so glad I stopped by because the site is GORGEOUS!!!!! Oh my gosh, I’m literally design drooling! Oh wow, I’ve so been inspired to do something new at my place. Thanks Dahling!!! Un besote!

  17. 17

    Oh yumm!! I love olives, stuffing them with cheese is genius. Great new desgin.

  18. 18
    Ingrid /

    I saw these in your Tweet and decided to make them for an upcoming get-to-gether – and now that’s all I can think about – your photos actually make my tummy growl! seriously. growl.

  19. 19
    lisa bailey /

    Gotta try these!

  20. 20

    huge olive fan over here!! *wave* will try these soon because later just wouldn’t do them any justice! Can’t wait to play around with flavors I love!

  21. 21
    Ingrid /

    Okay, made them for the “upcoming get-to-gether” – about 100 of them as a matter of fact, and NOT ONE was left when the last guest left……everyone wanted the recipe – of course I shared….:) Thanks for a terrific appetizer! DeLish!

  22. 22

    Two big YUMS up for these! I had these in Orvieto recently and loved them, then found this recipe! Only thing is I would rather not use canned olives. Going to plan a dinner party so I can make these. Happy New Year!

  23. 23

    I made these for an event but I stuffed mine with sausage. They were so good! Unfortunately someone picked one up not knowing what it was thinking the entire time they must be like a cream puff and freaked when they realized they were olives. It was too funny. I found these olives to be either hit or miss you’ve got to be an olive lover.

  24. 24

    Thank you, these sound absolutely wonderful. I can’t wait to try them.

  25. 25

    This looks amazing!

  26. 27

    OMG! I just pinned these on Pinterest and want to make them IMMEDIATELY. Thanks for the recipe.

  27. 28
    lisa bailey /

    Good Lord they look amazing. Must make these.

  28. 29

    These sound delightful! I love olives and just about anything fried!

  29. 30

    OMG, Paula! This may have to be my new favorite temptation in life. Can’t wait to try it!!!


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