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These Olive Balls make a great appetizer for holidays or potlucks! Arrange on a platter for a beautiful appetizer tray. They are easy, flavorful & go fast!

The first time I had these was about 10 years ago at a home demonstration party.

There was a big appetizer table and I saw them thought they looked interesting.

I had no idea what they were ahead of time, but I’m always game to try some new food.

I popped one in my mouth, and there was this burst of flavor. They were so yummy!

With that said, you do have to love olives to enjoy this recipe, and I ADORE olives of all kinds.

I love these Olive Balls.

Also if you aren’t a huge fan of green olives, you can substitute another type of olive like Kalamata or Black Olives, however the flavor will change and probably be a bit more mild.

Not only are these Olive Balls very easy to make, but they look so pretty nestled among other appetizers.

We like to serve them over loose leaf lettuce or arugula.  It looks so incredibly pretty on a platter that way.

Not only are they easy but they look great among other appetizers.

They definitely have the appearance of looking much harder to make than they actually are.

Dress them up, dress them down – but watch them go fast!

You can even make a dip or sauce to go with them. That’s all up to you.

These are super easy and fast appetizers and you’ll be surprised at how fast they are gone. 

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Olive Balls

Olive Balls

Yield: 8 -10 guests
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • Jar of green olives, it’s up to you if you choose with pimentos or not (or any other type of olive)
  • 1 8 count can of plain or cheese crescent rolls
  • melted butter, if desired
  • garlic powder, if desired
  • rosemary, if desired


  1. Drain the jar of olives removing as much moisture as possible from the outsides of the olives (juices still on the inside are perfectly okay).
  2. Open the can of crescent rolls, take two crescent triangles and pinch two of the perforated edges of the crescent triangles together to form large rectangles. If the can makes eight crescent rolls, you should wind up with four large rectangles.
  3. Cut them into 1 inch squares.
  4. Take one olive and put it in the center of one of the dough squares. Wrap the dough around the olive in a ball shape.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the rolls are browned. Serve while warm.
  6. To dress them up a step further, consider brushing some melted butter over the top and then adding a pinch of garlic and a pinch of rosemary before serving.

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Alvin Deroven

Thursday 10th of June 2010

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