Crispy Olive Bites

December 27, 2011


Now that we are past Christmas, it’s on to the new year! Hopefully your Christmas was very merry and you’ve recovered enough from your food coma to think about what you’ll be cooking for New Years Eve. Whether you’re hosting or potlucking, these crispy olive bites are easy to cook and carry.



For this recipe, I made a green olive and a black olive version. It seems to me that people tend to like one or the other (personally, I like both) and making two versions is a great way to satisfy all your party guests. Unless, of course, they don’t like olives at all and that’s just too bad for them.

The filling for this recipe can be prepped up to one day in advance.

Ingredients for Green Olive Bites: (makes about 1 dozen bites)

1 cup green olives, drained and chopped

1 Tablespoon capers, drained and rinsed

1 15 oz can artichoke hearts in water, drained and rough chopped

1 clove of garlic

phyllo dough (one box of dough will suffice for both recipes)

olive oil


Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a sort of paste.


Layer the phyllo dough 2 sheets at a time. Brush lightly with olive oil and cut into 2 inch wide strips.


Put a good spoonful of the olive paste at one end and fold the phyllo into a triangle shape, like folding a flag. Repeat until all the olive paste is used up.


Place on a cookie sheet. Brush tops with a bit more olive oil and bake for 15 minutes until brown and crispy.


Ingredients for Black Olive Bites: (makes about 1 dozen)

1 cup black olives, drained and chopped fine

4 green onions, chopped fine

1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

a good bunch of flat leaf parsley, chopped fine

1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, minced

olive oil

phyllo dough (use the same box of phyllo as above)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to combine all ingredients.


Again, layer the phyllo 2 sheets at a time, brush lightly with olive oil, and cut into 2 inch strips. Spoon filling onto the dough and fold into triangles.


Brush the tops with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes until crispy.



Use extra olives and parsley to make the serving plate colorful, and also to denote which types of olives are inside. If you plan to cook and carry these olive bites, allow to cool completely before wrapping up (otherwise they’ll get soggy).


A tasty, two-bite snack to ring in the new year!


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Sophie January 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I made these green-olive bites for a friend’s tapas dinner party last weekend! When I showed up, I found out that it wasn’t a dinner party, it was cocktails-and-finger-foods, and everyone had eaten before they arrived, and that the hostess became too tired from an afternoon of shopping to actually make any tapas. She had her husband make jalapeno poppers. Booo! Anyway. Despite all this, I’m so glad I made real tapas and that I made these — they were absolutely delicious. Great recipe! I’d make them again! Except I’d forgotten how much of a pain phyllo dough can be — but I improved with practice. This is long! Thanks again!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Glad they turned out for you! I agree about phyllo dough. ;)

oscar January 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

wow i come from the Olives country and I have never seen something like this!! I will try for sure. Thansk for sharing!

Ashley December 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Love olives and this idea! Anything you would recommend instead of feta for vegans?

Aparna E. December 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Mmmm!! That sounds good! :D
OH! We made the chocolate covered pretzels over the holiday – PERFECT and easy snack!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods December 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

Black olives are my favorite. i make a very similar mix to serve with crackers at parties, but I love the idea of serving it in phyllo. Perfect finger food!

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