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Jul 16, 2009 09:40 AM

Olive and Cream Cheese Sandwiches a Baltimore Only Treat?

My grandma used to make them for me, and I see them on the menu at some old school style delis downtown. My question: is this culinary delight a local Baltimore phenom, or is it more widespread?

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  1. I ate tons of cream cheese and olive sandwiches growing up in Rhode Island in the 1960s.

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    1. re: Bob W

      Growing up in RI in the 80s -- my mom made Ham Supreme sandwiches. Thinly sliced deli ham, and then the mixed cream cheese with olives. Mmm. I think we usually had these on pumpernickel. I am going to request these for my next visit home :-) Thanks for reminding me of a great treat! We often had these packed in the cooler for lunch at the beach, and my sister and I would get wildly excited as my mom prepared them that morning!

    2. I remember eating them for lunch in Michigan in the late 70s/early 80s.

      1. I'd get them in my lunchbox in Seattle in late 70s/early 80s. I always thought they were a little weird, even though I loved olives on their own. Mom is from Seattle, Dad is from Massachusetts, but Mom does the cooking.

        1. I put olives and cream cheese (and reconstituted onion flakes) in tortillas and roll up and slice.

          We also put olives and cream cheese in celery

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          1. re: laliz

            When my mom had the neighbourhood ladies over for bridge, she'd make pinwheel sandwiches, among other things. For one, she'd spread cream cheese on a long thin slice of bread which she'd previously flattened with her pastry roller. Then she'd put stuffed olives in, roll them up, and slice thinly. We kids got to eat the "rejects" - the slices where there was only a bit of olive. Used to love that! (1960's Toronto).

            1. re: laliz

              I remember the years my Mom played cards with the girls spreads were very common "tea sandwiches" served with pitchers of iced tea and coffee. Olive and cream cheese, canned salmon and cucumber, ham spread and pickles, etc. Very common.

            2. I grew up in Massachusetts and had them. I love them. Have you tried them grilled like a grilled cheese sandwich? The cream cheese gets a little soft and warm, the bread is buttery, crunchy. Fantastic!