Cream Cheese Olive Sandwiches

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Another in our series of Antique Recipes. Let me start this off by saying it was not a big hit in our house.  I probably should have known better considering I don’t like cream cheese that much and despite loving olives, no one else in the house likes them.  I did find this recipe interesting though.  I envisioned old grandmothers in the 1950’s making these little sandwiches and cutting them into triangles to serve at church lunches and family functions.  It is a cheap recipe that could feed a bunch of people.  So for history’s sake I gave them a try!

This recipe is titled “Cheese Sandwiches” and is signed by (I believe) “Mrs Cundy.” I apparently lost the ability to read cursive sometime around the advent of computers so it takes me a while to figure out recipes like this!

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Thinking back to it now what might have actually drawn me to this recipe is its simplicity.  After sifting through hundreds of old recipes with directions I could barely understand and processes that I didn’t recognize  seeing one that combined 6 simple ingredients and bread sounded like a great idea!

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I started by chopping up 1 hard boiled egg and 1 5 oz can of olives stuffed with pimentos.  Then I grated about a quarter of a yellow onion.

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Then in a bowl I mashed up block of cream cheese and added the egg, olives and onions.  Next I added a 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon of my homemade cayenne powder and mixed.  In a little glass bowl I microwaved 3 tablespoons butter for 25 seconds until melted.  Then poured the melted butter in and gave it one last good mixing.

At this point there was nothing left to do but spread it on toasted bread and give it a try.

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It wasn’t that great eating warm like that.  I discovered it needs to sit in fridge overnight to meld.  The next day I tried again and it was significantly better,  Alas it wasn’t going to land with the rest of the maniacs.  It was a letdown to them after the smashing successes that were the Blonde Brownies and Johnny Cakes.

The recipe made enough for about 12 sandwiches. Cut into fourths it would make 48 sandwich triangles.  Enough for a small party if everyone really liked cream cheese and olives!

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Cream Cheese Olive Sandwiches
Recipe Type: Sandwich
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 30 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 12
An easy and cheap sandwich for a party platter!
Ingredients
  • 2 loafs of bread enough for 12 sandwiches
  • 1 block cream cheese softened
  • 1 hard boiled egg chopped
  • 1 5 oz jar olives stuffed with pimentos chopped
  • 1/4 yellow onion grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine cream cheese, olives, egg, and onion and mash together,
  2. Add salt and cayenne powder and combine,
  3. Add butter and stir again.
  4. Refrigerate overnight
  5. Next day toast 24 slices of bread.
  6. Spread cream cheese mixture on bread to make sandwiches,
  7. Slice and enjoy!
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Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.