My friend, Tamara, has a wonderful recipe for Cheddar Olive Balls. They are quite delicious and are an easy-to-take dinner party appetizer. I have even thought, if you are not an olive fan, you could substitute a pecan half in place of the olive.
Cheddar Olive Balls
2 cups sharp shredded cheddar
1 stick butter, room temperature
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
dash cayenne pepper
40 green olives (pimento stuffed)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl, mix cheddar and butter until creamy. Add flour, salt, paprika and cayenne. Blend well. Using heaping teaspoons of dough, surround each olive with a ball of dough. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. It helps if the olives are dry.