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Olive and Cream Cheese Sandwiches a Baltimore Only Treat?

placidothecat Jul 16, 2009 09:40 AM

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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    brilynn79 Mar 19, 2014 08:46 PM

    After reading this, I stopped at the store on the way to work, purchased sliced olives, cream cheese, and Ritz crackers...pretty good lunch. Might prefer wheat thins...Ill try them next.

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    1. re: brilynn79
      judimose Mar 19, 2014 09:16 PM

      It's pretty good on just plain toast, also. Oh, and another thing that's wonderful on toast is cream cheese mashed up with avocado. Yummy!

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      May_gret Mar 16, 2014 03:09 PM

      Recall commercially prepared cream cheese and olive spread available in small town grocery store chain ("Big Apple") in Reidsville NC. Found in same section as chicken salad, pimento cheese etc. and came in the same plastic tubs. My mother and I made sandwiches with it (such a special food memory - this was sometime in 1960s). A few years ago when I tried to find it, it was long gone. I make it at home now, but it's not the same. RIP Mom, thanks for turning me on to cream cheese and olive (which by the way is mentioned in the poker game sequence of the 1957 film Designing Woman)!

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        iL Divo Mar 19, 2014 08:21 AM

        you know what I'm gonna make today? a small treat for me, since I bought a container of mixed olives and have cream cheese and home made white bread, so it's a blast from the past for this lassy today.

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          jessicaharper Mar 19, 2014 10:05 AM


      2. iL Divo Aug 23, 2013 09:24 AM

        I think of these on a tiered tray with a number of different texture & tastes + color mini sandwiches served with tea and a lovely flowery delicate platter lined with perfect lemon curd & raspberry tarts.

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          carolkeogh Aug 22, 2013 12:02 PM

          My mother and I used to shop at Kaufman's in Monroeville PA, and had the most delicious nut bread sandwiches with olive and cream cheese spread. Does anyone else remember these?

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            thurbergirl1 Dec 20, 2012 06:57 AM

            My Mom introduced them to me as a pre-teen at George Watts' Team Room in Milwaukee in the '60s -- still one of my favorites!

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              sr44 Nov 25, 2012 04:14 PM

              No, siree, Bob. I knew them in New England back in the '50s.

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                peppergal Nov 25, 2012 03:56 PM

                My mother made these in the 50s/60s. Fancied them up, as others report, with chopped pecans. Good memories.

                Fort Worth

                1. iL Divo Nov 25, 2012 02:35 PM

                  I've made these all my life and I'm born and raised in Santa Monica Calif.
                  don't know where I first had them to want to make them myself.
                  maybe my love of olives or cream cheese or bread.
                  I've done black alone green alone or mixed them, any way they're a favorite of mine but family says blech ;:-/

                  1. MsDiPesto Nov 23, 2012 10:02 PM

                    There's a deli in Fairfax, VA called "Bernie's" that has a Cream Cheese and Olive on Pumpernickle on their menu with the subheading "A taste from the past for those who remember". Oops, I posted this earlier, my bad. Mods, delete if you want.

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                      51rich Oct 8, 2012 04:55 PM

                      I remember growing up in westchester,ny making names and faces at that strange combo my father liked and I thought was weird and disgusting, 50's and 60's, now I really like it too, another variation, that we use as more of a cocktail spread is cream cheese, anchovy s and anchovy paste and chives, mostly on pumpernickel

                      1. RachelJ Oct 8, 2012 04:17 PM

                        I live in Portland and started eating green olive and cream cheese on wheat when I was pregnant. I was mad for salty stuff, and would eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Always with carrot sticks on the side. Mmmm, now i want one!

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                          512window Oct 17, 2012 12:44 PM

                          My mother used to make these for us when she was pregnant in the 60's. Only she made them for breakfast. Sorry, but not what I wanted to fuel a half mile walk through the snow.

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                          Bigley9 Oct 4, 2012 10:05 AM

                          I grew up eating them in Philadelphia in the 60s/70s - but a coffee shop near me now (still Phila) sells an open face sandwich spread with thick yogurt and sliced kalamata olives - YUM! (plus I can pretend it is good for me since it is yogurt!)

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                            nativebatonrougean Oct 3, 2012 08:42 PM

                            I grew up in the South and remember it on spreads that went on Ritz crackers. (We bought the Kraft spread and it came in little juice glasses and I haven't seen it for sale in an aeon.) What were the details of the ones your grandma made?

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                              Bobfrmia Jun 19, 2012 04:18 PM

                              We used to get Kraft Olive pimento spread sandwiches, which was pretty much olives and cream cheese.
                              That got me wondering if you could still buy it. The olive pimento has been discontinued, the the pimento spread is still available. A little jar for about 4 dollars, which got me checking for a recipe.
                              I found that it is very popular in the South. There are several variations, but here is what I made taking the stuff I like from each.
                              8 oz shredded sharp cheddar
                              4 oz cream cheese
                              1/4 cup mayo
                              dash (or2) of hot sauce
                              a little garlic
                              a dozen or so cheap pimento stuffed green olives

                              Throw it in the food processor, blend until a bit creamy.
                              I can't live without it in the fridge anymore. I almost wish I had never thought about it.

                              1. jinet12 Jun 17, 2012 11:24 PM

                                Lovely on.cocktail pumpernickel. Food process softened cream
                                cheese with large green OlIves and almonds thin with a bit of milk or
                                cream for spreading. An easier way if you live near a luxury hotel
                                is to go for "high tea".

                                1. mamachef Jun 17, 2012 07:34 PM

                                  It has to be widespread. I ate them in MN, courtesy of my grandmother; I ate them in Ca. courtesy of a friend's (Mid-Atlantic-shore-bred) mother. I ate them as a wee sprout in Oh., because the housekeeper, who was Ky.-born made them for me, and the same mixture was served here in Ca. not many years ago, only not as a sandwich filling but as a dip or scoop for crudite and plain crostini. That version may been thinned w/ mayo, and it came from a friend who was raised in Manhattan. I've also seen many versions in pre-war cookbooks, usually authored by home economists or dieticians.

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                                    Pipenta Jun 17, 2012 08:07 PM

                                    It's funny that dieticians suggested these sandwiches, because they are just little heart attacks on a plate. Delicious heart attacks.

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                                      mamachef Jun 18, 2012 12:09 AM

                                      It is funny, considering a few of them also highly recommend a slice of bread, thickly paved with butter and then spread with a thick layer of sugar, as a good "anytime" snack for kids.

                                  2. Pipenta Jun 17, 2012 05:26 PM

                                    As the pack has already spoken and clarified that this was more baby boomer period food than regional food, you won't be surprised to learn that we were eating these sandwiches in suburban Connecticut in the sixties. I'll bet you a nickel that the popularity of the sandwich had to do with magazines like Family Circle and Woman's Day, that were sold alongside Time and Life and Newsweek at supermarket check out counters. Can't you just see in your mind's eye, the strange period foodstyling photo that would go with the recipe?

                                    The sandwich is good, but what makes it really tasty is the way it is seasoned with memories. Which is why, when I saw it on the menu at the Sugarbowl in Scottsdale, Arizona, I simply had to order it.


                                    Of course, The Sugarbowl itself is a delicious serving of the romance of fifties and sixties retail style. And they also have fantastic ice cream sodas served in glass, on a saucer, with a shot of seltzer on the side!!!

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                                      Perilagu Khan Jun 18, 2012 07:47 AM

                                      Very, very cool.

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                                        flavrmeistr Jun 19, 2012 11:51 AM

                                        Yes. There was another variation-canned chopped clams mixed with cream cheese and sour cream. Sounds weird, but it's actually pretty good.

                                      2. EWSflash Jun 12, 2012 07:45 PM

                                        A former coworker, who was born and raised in Tucson, introduced me to olive and cream cheese samdwiches- around 40 years ago. I still get cravings for them, although these days the bread is much better, to my delight!

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                                          EWSflash Jun 12, 2012 08:14 PM

                                          GREEN olives, pimento-stuffed, sliced slightly less than 1/4 inch thick, that it!

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                                            Bacardi1 Jun 16, 2012 09:57 AM

                                            My mom bought green pimento-stuffed olives in a variety of forms - whole (since she was a Martini lover - lol!), pre-sliced, & we nearly always had a large jar of what were & still are called "salad olives", which are pimento-stuffed green olives that get squashed or otherwise mangled while being sliced for the more expensive "pre-sliced" olives or while being stuffed for the whole variety.

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                                              EWSflash Jun 17, 2012 07:21 PM

                                              Perfect for sandwiches!

                                        2. njmarshall55 Jun 12, 2012 09:07 AM

                                          Wow. Talk about bringing back forgotten memories! Yes, I did have them growing up in NJ. Now you've got me wanting to make it when I get home. Hope the cream cheese isn't the same color as the olives!

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                                            ferventfoodie Jun 12, 2012 05:33 PM

                                            One of my lunchbox favorites also in NJ late 50s, early 60s. Always black olives, white bread.
                                            Loved black olives because my cousin's pediatrician told his mom to give them to us instead of
                                            candy so we thought of them as treats. Never thought of trying it with green olives but now I
                                            might have to - not on white bread! Must admit I recently put cream cheese on a Wegmans
                                            kalamata roll - probably a subconsciuos throwback to my lunchbox days.

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                                              flavrmeistr Jun 14, 2012 12:34 PM

                                              Kalamata bread from the Acme Bakery in Berkeley and a tub of cream cheese are pretty much at the top of my list of earthly pleasures.

                                          2. Bacardi1 Jun 11, 2012 04:49 PM

                                            Sliced green pimento-stuffed olives & cream cheese on white bread were one of my mother's favorite sandwiches to pack for our school lunches during the 50's/60's back in NY.

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                                              Bacardi1 Jun 12, 2012 09:16 AM

                                              What's funny is that I was literally the ONLY person in grade school with what everyone else considered "oddball" sandwiches - Olives & Cream Cheese; Headcheese; Olive & Pimento Loaf; Pimiento Cheese; Salami & Cream Cheese, etc., etc. I always loved my lunches, which is probably a good thing, because I'd never have been able to get anyone to trade with me if I didn't - lol!

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                                                Bigley9 Oct 4, 2012 10:03 AM

                                                wow - pimento loaf - another fav I haven't thought of in ages!

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                                                  njmarshall55 Mar 18, 2014 06:57 AM

                                                  Amen to all of them! Especially GOOD head cheese, with mustard and coarse ground pepper on rye. People at my lunch table would turn green at the thought, but I loved them all. I wouldn't trade any of them for anything.

                                              2. eclecticsynergy Jun 11, 2012 02:56 PM

                                                I never tire of these sandwiches. One of these days I'll muster enough self-control to try grilling one before devouring it...

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                                                  GretchenS Jun 14, 2012 02:22 PM

                                                  Do, you will be so pleased that you did!

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                                                    Bigley9 Oct 17, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                    I grilled my first CC&O sandwich this weekend - why did I never try that before! great take on an already great sandwich!

                                                2. Perilagu Khan Jun 11, 2012 02:35 PM

                                                  Never spied hide nor hair of these puppies out here in west Texas. But I aim to rectify that situation here directly.

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                                                    kaitlinmartin Jun 11, 2012 02:42 PM

                                                    It's one of the most amazing foods...especially on pumpernickel bread or an everything bagel. yum.

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                                                    kaitlinmartin Jun 11, 2012 01:59 PM

                                                    My father always made them for us. Cream cheese and green Spanish olives with pimientos. His mother made them for him in the 30's & 40's in Massachusetts. She was from Vermont via Quebec, Canada. ? Not sure if she got it from Canada or her town in Massachusetts which was mostly inhabited by Italians.

                                                    1. eclecticsynergy Jun 14, 2011 10:38 PM

                                                      My Jersey-born Mom made cream cheese and green olive sandwiches for me as a child in Wisconsin during the late 50s. Also made sandwiches from egg salad with sliced green olives and curry- a favorite of mine to this day.

                                                      1. woodleyparkhound Jun 14, 2011 09:15 PM

                                                        I grew up in southern OH, and my mom would sometimes stuff celery stalks with cream cheese and olives as an appetizer for a special occasion meal.

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                                                          judimose Jun 14, 2011 07:45 PM

                                                          Definitely not a Baltimore-only phenom. I grew up in western Virginia, and had it often. Now I live in Florida and still make it on occasion.

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                                                            betsydiver Jun 14, 2011 07:54 AM

                                                            One of my favorite childhood sandwiches,my mom used to stuff celery with same, easy addition to "cocktail bites"; my mom was from philly so...

                                                            1. marthasway Apr 15, 2011 12:08 PM

                                                              This thread has been fun to follow and has inspired a tasty little snack of wheat thins with cream cheese and olives. And, yes my Texas born mother made olive, cream cheese, and pecan tea sandwiches for festive occasions in the early 60's and the combo has appeared at my table in South Texas and New Orleans ever since.

                                                              1. tatamagouche Apr 15, 2011 06:11 AM

                                                                No. Grew up in Oklahoma to a Chicago-born mother; she used to make it for me.

                                                                1. Emme Apr 13, 2011 06:33 PM

                                                                  funny that this topic re-emerged, as i was just talking with one of close friends (who grew up in Massachusetts), and she was saying how her grandmother used to feed her cream cheese and olive sandwiches, and how she thought that that was the it's it of haute cuisine (as a kid).

                                                                  1. LorenM Apr 13, 2011 05:55 PM

                                                                    They were never around much in Colorado but I have eaten them as little sandwich appetizers before. I have a friend from Michigan who told me about olive burgers and how they are really popular there. He desribed them as not olives mixed into the beef but the olives being on top of the meat. I keep reminding myself to make one one of these days. Perhaps an olive- cream cheese burger would be good?

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                                                                      biondanonima Jun 14, 2012 02:02 PM

                                                                      A Michigan-based fast food chain called Hot 'n' Now had an olive burger on their menu, which might be where your friend had them. They basically slapped a dollop of mayo onto the top bun and pressed a handful of sliced green olives (no pimientos) into the mayo, then put it on top of the burger. We had a Hot 'n' Now in my hometown and the double olive burger was my absolute favorite thing on their menu. Sadly, ours closed a few years ago, but there are still a handful of them in Michigan. I make my own at home all the time by stirring chopped green olives into mayo - it's my husband's favorite burger condiment now!

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                                                                        Aromatherapy Jun 15, 2012 08:38 AM

                                                                        Thanks, I am so trying that. I wonder if the olives come from the Middle Eastern presence in MI.

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                                                                      jeanmarieok Apr 13, 2011 08:56 AM

                                                                      We grew up on cream cheese and olive sandwiches. My mom has fond memories of taking Amtrak to from Buffalo to Rochester as a girl in the late 50's and ordering cream cheese and olive sandwiches from the the Amtrak restaurant. I have a little farmer's market stand, and I make a cream cheese/olive/scallions/cheddar spread that sells very well, and reminds me of my childhood and those catholic school friday lunches. Kind of an update homage to the past.

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                                                                        flavrmeistr Apr 13, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                                        There was no Amtrak in the late 50's. It may have been the New York Central she was riding. One of the best sandwiches of my life was a BLT served to me by a white-gloved waiter on the B&O when I was about 8 years old. It was fabulous.

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                                                                          jeanmarieok Apr 13, 2011 10:47 AM

                                                                          You are probably correct - she just said she rode the train. She said the food was wonderful, and a real treat.

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                                                                            flavrmeistr Apr 13, 2011 03:04 PM

                                                                            It was awesome, probably my first "fine dining" experience. This would have been about 1967. We would take the train from DC to Sedalia, MO to visit my grandparents. By 1970 or so, Amtrak took over all passenger service and train travel became a much grittier way to go. They went from white glove service with embossed china to your choice of a stale ham sandwich and a warm soda or going hungry. Looking back, I believe this was the juncture of our decline as a nation. Air travel followed suit with deregulation in the 1980. The greydog is now looking like the way to go. You can grab a bucket of chicken and a pint of bourbon and you're set. The seats are more comfortable, too, and you don't need a reservation. God, this is depressing.

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                                                                              alkapal Apr 15, 2011 03:13 AM

                                                                              """"""" You can grab a bucket of chicken and a pint of bourbon and you're set.""""""
                                                                              too funny, mister meistr !

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                                                                        Querencia Mar 9, 2011 08:33 PM

                                                                        Not at all. In Southern Illinois, 1930's and 1940's, my grandma made cream cheese, black olive, and chopped pecan sandwiches. They were especially a birthday party item along with "egg & olive" (mashed hard-boiled eggs with sliced stuffed green olives and mayonnaise). I think both of these are best on whole-wheat bread, and both are ace sandwich fillings.

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                                                                          judimose Mar 10, 2011 02:55 AM

                                                                          In southwest Virginia in the 40s we made cream cheese and chopped green olives stuffed with pimento. Also, the ubiquitous pimento cheese.

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                                                                          Smileelisa Aug 16, 2009 04:05 PM

                                                                          My daughter took an olive and cream cheese sandwich on white bread when she started 3rd grade in 1987. We are from PA and she wanted them because her school buds were eating them. She loved them

                                                                          1. Sam at Novas Jul 27, 2009 02:07 PM

                                                                            Can we admit that mixing anything with cream cheese is good??? Cream cheese and pineapple anyone?

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                                                                              fern Jul 27, 2009 03:41 PM

                                                                              Haven't tried it with pineapple yet, but Sam, I'm with you. I can't think of much that wouldn't taste good with some cream cheese!

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                                                                                schrutefarms Jul 27, 2009 11:11 PM

                                                                                Cream cheese and pineapple? I just joined a gym. Please don't give me yet another cream cheese combo that I'm going to want to eat all the time. (PS-cream cheese and salsa rules)

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                                                                                  jessicaharper Aug 5, 2009 07:54 PM

                                                                                  My husband is from Baltimore and he is a CCandO addict. He says the classic is as follows: Lightly toasted Arnold's white bread, cream cheese and thinly sliced green olives. That's the story and he's sticking to ti.

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                                                                                  laliz Apr 15, 2011 02:26 PM

                                                                                  this was my family's favorite "holiday" salad. Drain a can of pineapple rings. Use some of the juice/syrup to thin the cream cheese to a salad dressing consistency. Place iceberg lettuce on indivual plates top w/pineapple rings and pour cream cheese "dressing" over.

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                                                                                  FoodLoverInChs Jul 26, 2009 06:58 AM

                                                                                  I ate them as a kid in Pennsylvania (outside Philly). My Dad introduced them to me - and he was from Baltimore. But I always thought it was a quirky thing that he came up with. Didn't know it a legit sandwich. My friend and I used to add salami when it was in the fridge. Yum.

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                                                                                    schrutefarms Jul 26, 2009 02:02 PM

                                                                                    Salami and cream cheese-another amazing combo.

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                                                                                      Will Owen Jul 27, 2009 11:39 AM

                                                                                      We did a '50s-theme cocktail party once and got a lot of appetizers from James Beard's party-foods book from that era. One of the big faves was salami and cream cheese cornucopias - you cut each salami slice (use the small ones!) from the center out, then form it into a cone and fill that with cream cheese.

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                                                                                        cuccubear Jul 27, 2009 12:25 PM

                                                                                        I remember those, or at least something very similar. That was a cocktail party staple at our house when I was a kid.

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                                                                                          schrutefarms Jul 27, 2009 01:12 PM

                                                                                          We used to have cream cheese/salami roll ups at Thanksgiving-I still get a craving. They sound a lot like the cornucopias, just not cut. Last Christmas, I put a tiny pickle spear in some-it was a nice touch. Maybe a cornichon would work well.

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                                                                                      bethmmahoney Jul 25, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                                                      In the 60s/70s, Mom made olive nut tea sandwiches by mixing softened cream cheese, chopped pecans, and chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives and spreading it on white bread with the crusts removed. I have used low-fat and no-fat cream cheese with fine results. I pulse the olives and pecans in the food processor and add cream cheese until it's the desired taste/saltiness and consistency. I've also served it as a spread with crudités and crackers.

                                                                                      Beth, Lexington KY

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                                                                                        Querencia Jul 24, 2009 09:07 PM

                                                                                        Illinois, 1940's, cream cheese with black olives and chopped pecans. Best on whole-wheat bread. But, speaking of olives, in Upstate New York, 1940's, the birthday party sandwich of choice was egg-and-olive (chopped hard-boiled eggs, chopped or sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives, and mayonnaise). Somehow I have dropped the first from my repertory (seems too rich now) but have kept the second---put plenty of lettuce on the sandwich.

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                                                                                          MonSheri24 Jul 24, 2009 02:56 PM

                                                                                          I grew up in the Bronx, and Westchester County, NY and in the 60's my mom used to cut them into triangles and put them in my lunch box at least once a week. YUM! Only thing is I hated the pimento and always had take it out of the olive first!

                                                                                          1. Will Owen Jul 24, 2009 02:43 PM

                                                                                            Back home in Marshall, Illinois in '55, my mom had read about these somewhere and brought a platter of them to my 8th Grade graduation party. I think I had one and she had one and a couple of other people got brave as well, and then I had'em for lunch for a week. I thought they were swell, but Adventurous Eating was not real big around there in those days.

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                                                                                              jimingso Jul 24, 2009 01:49 PM

                                                                                              They are popular in North Carolina among oldtimers.

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                                                                                                May_gret Mar 16, 2014 05:03 PM

                                                                                                You bet!

                                                                                              2. Deenso Jul 24, 2009 01:26 PM

                                                                                                LOVE sliced green olives mixed in with cream cheese! My local breakfast/lunch spot has this in the display case, along with a gazillion other iterations of cream cheese to schmear on your bagel of choice. (Okay, well maybe that's hyperbole - not really a gazilllion - more like 9 kinds.)

                                                                                                Even more than just sliced olives and cream cheese, I go a little crazy when bits of crisply-cooked bacon are crumbled into it. Pack some o' that into a sandwich on white toast or date-nut bread - oh boy!

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                                                                                                  aquapacata Jul 24, 2009 10:55 AM

                                                                                                  I grew up in Virginia with my grandmother making them for me. She grew up in Michigan and lived in New York and Pennsylvania before coming to Virginia in the 60's. Yum! Had forgotten about them.

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                                                                                                    debchap Jul 24, 2009 07:05 AM

                                                                                                    My family used to get cream cheese and chopped olives at a sandwich shop in Princeton, NJ, growing up in the 50's - 60's. Also tuna with chopped olives, or tuna, cream cheese, & chopped olives if we were extra hungry.

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                                                                                                      laliz Jul 24, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                                                                      I still make tuna with cream cheese and chopped olives. I add grated carrots, chopped waterchestnuts and worchestershire. Its wonderful.

                                                                                                    2. muzzomine Jul 24, 2009 07:02 AM

                                                                                                      My favorite is a THICK (must be enough cream cheese that you can leave teeth marks in each bite :) slab of cream cheese on a kaiser roll, with coarsely chopped big green olives. My local delis (Cleveland OH) all have them on the menu.

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                                                                                                        saycheez Jul 24, 2009 06:31 AM

                                                                                                        Thanks for reminding me of this old fashioned deliciousness. I have just revisited good old home-made pimento cheese sandwiches and will now introduce my grandchildren to this treat (made with green olives w/pimentos please). I am also thinking about (for our more sophisticated palates) trying this with a green olive tapenade or olivada mixed with the cream cheese. In theory it sounds good to me...perhaps as a spread for crackers...may be too strong for a sandwich? A good project for today.

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                                                                                                          alkapal Jul 24, 2009 07:22 AM

                                                                                                          ""green olive tapenade or olivada mixed with the cream cheese""

                                                                                                          oh yeah!!! i'd love it on pepper water crackers!

                                                                                                          (i'm wondering if a little nibble of smoked trout on that would be overload).

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                                                                                                            cuccubear Jul 24, 2009 07:40 AM

                                                                                                            I think the smoked trout would be perfect! Makes me salivate just thinking about it!

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                                                                                                              BobB Jul 24, 2009 08:06 AM

                                                                                                              Me too! What a great idea! I'm going to have to pick up the ingredients today.

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                                                                                                          lostinnashville Jul 24, 2009 05:21 AM

                                                                                                          Now extinct Nashville sandwich shops like Candyland and Vandyland always had cream cheese and olive sandwiches on the menu. My 92 year old great-aunt still loves them.

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                                                                                                            judimose Jul 24, 2009 04:28 AM

                                                                                                            I was raised in western Virginia (yes, I'm a hillbilly!) and grew up on the stuff. My mom chopped up green olives and stirred 'em into room temp cream cheese. Many was the day I got them in my lunch sack.

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                                                                                                              schrutefarms Jul 20, 2009 06:44 PM

                                                                                                              Olives and cream cheese is a magical combination. My mom used to get roast beef/cream cheese/black olive/yellow mustard/sprouts in a pita from a shop in Belmont Shores in the early eighties, 25 years later, it's my favorite. I also like to stuff large black olives with cream cheese, it makes a great snack or app for holidays. Cream cheese and green olives sounds divine. If I make a sandwich, what kind of bread should I use? And can I put yellow mustard on it, or is that sacrelidge?

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                                                                                                                alkapal Jul 21, 2009 04:04 AM

                                                                                                                good pumpernickel i'd say is the best for the spread. make sure you use the "salad" olives (green olives with pimentos) -- they're olive pieces instead of whole, and are cheaper to buy.

                                                                                                                but i'd even eat the olive spread on wonderbread, too, although it would stick to the roof of my mouth (i'd suffer through...).

                                                                                                                as i mentioned upthread, add some rare roast beef and grill it, and you've got *my* fave sandwich.

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                                                                                                                  Divalicias Jul 26, 2009 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                  OMG - Roast beef and c/c+o -- grilled! Yowza -- that sounds really yummy!

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                                                                                                                    alkapal Jul 27, 2009 04:04 AM

                                                                                                                    try it ...you'll like it!!! (don't overdo the olives, or it'll be too salty). get a really *good* pumpernickel, pref. from a bakery -- with a good rye component, and a firm texture -- but not too malty or too dark and sweet. finally, don't skimp on the cream cheese ;-)).

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                                                                                                                      Bob W Jul 27, 2009 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                      There was a gourmet store in The Garage in Harvard Square (they had another location in Cambridge too; I can never remember the name) that made amazing roast beef and boursin sandwiches on baguette. I suspect a few green olives would be a nice added touch.

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                                                                                                                        BobB Jul 27, 2009 07:12 AM


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                                                                                                                          Bob W Jul 27, 2009 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                          Yes! The other location is/was on Huron Ave. I could always remember Huron Ave but never the name of the place.

                                                                                                                          I loved those sandwiches (back when I could eat a roast beef/boursin sandwich with impunity).

                                                                                                                          Thanks BobB!

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                                                                                                                          alkapal Jul 27, 2009 07:27 AM

                                                                                                                          aaaaaahhhhhh, boursin! heavenly!

                                                                                                                          (ps, i let "alouette" fool me once. if it fools me twice, shame on me!).

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                                                                                                                    foxy fairy Jul 21, 2009 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                    YES -- on pumpernickel. Also great with thinly sliced deli ham! I mentioned this upthread, too, but it deserves a double mention :-)

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                                                                                                                      johnlockedema Jul 22, 2009 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                      Standard in my house in NJ is the sixties. Mom bought these cans of finely diced olives, but I haven't seen them in a supermarket in years. Both black and green.

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                                                                                                                    MrsT Jul 20, 2009 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                    It seems every bagel store in Brooklyn offers an olive cream cheese spread. I like it on either an everything or garlic bagel.

                                                                                                                    1. Missy2U Jul 20, 2009 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                      My mom made olive and cream cheese appetizers - she used the party rye. Grew up in the SW Suburbs of Chicago. Just talked to my husband - he grew up in the NW Suburbs - he's never heard of them.

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                                                                                                                        Bob W Jul 20, 2009 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                        LOL party rye. Now there's a blast from the past.

                                                                                                                      2. MsDiPesto Jul 20, 2009 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                        Bernie's deli in Fairfax, VA, serves olives and cream cheese on pumpernickel.

                                                                                                                        1. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jul 19, 2009 10:40 PM

                                                                                                                          Nicholson Baker's first (and to my mind still best) novel, THE MEZZANINE, is set in Boston, and its main character has a long and hilarious rumination on the olive and cream cheese sandwich, especially those found pre-packaged in delis. As I recall, he mostly wonders what the inventor of the combination discarded before he hit on the green olive and cream cheese combo.

                                                                                                                          1. ArizonaDave Jul 19, 2009 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                            Interesting... being a SW boy, I've never even heard of these until this thread.
                                                                                                                            Green olives sliced and pressed into cream cheese on bread - is that the gist of it?
                                                                                                                            Regular 'ol jarred green olives?

                                                                                                                            I should try this - I love olives. I love cream cheese. I love bread.
                                                                                                                            Any additions (besides walnuts - can't stand 'em)?



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                                                                                                                              smtucker Jul 19, 2009 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                              I recommend starting with the pure experience. And after you are addicted, start the add-ins. Personally, I have never added anything to this sandwich beyond the basic three ingredients.

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                                                                                                                                alkapal Jul 20, 2009 04:46 AM

                                                                                                                                pimento-stuffed green olives and cream cheese.

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                                                                                                                                  Bob W Jul 20, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                  Most people probably use squishy white bread, but I heartily recommend a nice rye.

                                                                                                                                  As alkapal and smtucker say, three ingredients: bread, cream cheese, green olives -- with pimento if possible.

                                                                                                                                  I always went heavy on the olives, but don't overdo it on your first try.

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                                                                                                                                    ArizonaDave Jul 21, 2009 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                    Thanks everyone - looking forward to trying this on rye.


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                                                                                                                                      Bigley9 Oct 4, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                      We chopped our olives up and mixed them into the cream cheese

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                                                                                                                                      small h Jul 19, 2009 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                      Definitely not exclusive to Baltimore. In Manhattan, bagels with cream cheese & chopped olives (green, with pimentos) are pretty common. But I first had them at the Inkwell in Long Branch, NJ, in the mid '80s.

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                                                                                                                                        grampart Jul 20, 2009 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                        I, too, had the c/c and olive sandwiches on black bread at the Inkwell in the mid 1970's. That was a GREAT place. However, my mother made them for my school lunch at least once a week all through the 1950's.

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                                                                                                                                          small h Jul 20, 2009 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                          I just re-visited the Inkwell two weeks ago after a looooong absence. And discovered that it is no longer a good idea for me to eat a grilled cheese and fries at 1:30 in the morning. Oh, well. Still a great place! Everyone got really young, though.

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                                                                                                                                        RoxyB Jul 19, 2009 04:45 PM

                                                                                                                                        Never had the pleasure of a cream cheese & olive sandwich. Must. Try. One.

                                                                                                                                        Can any of you fans explain whether the olives are sliced? Are they in circles, or lengthwise? Do they have to be green olives stuffed with pimentos, or would olives stuffed with, say, garlic, or jalapenos, or almonds be acceptable? How about anchovies?

                                                                                                                                        Does the type of cream cheese make a difference (solid vs. whipped)?

                                                                                                                                        What else do I need to know?


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                                                                                                                                          smtucker Jul 19, 2009 05:06 PM

                                                                                                                                          In our family, we always used cocktail olives with pimento. We did a cross-section slice so that each slice had a dot of red pimento in the center. The two rounded ends were "scarfed" by the person with the fastest hands. Bread or toast slice smeared with cream cheese, and then the olives are pressed into the cheese [liberally.] I like the sandwich cuts into triangles, crusts on. Welcome to the club.

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                                                                                                                                            placidothecat Jul 20, 2009 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                                            Olives sliced in circles, so each slice has the pimento in the middle -- concentric like. Its more fun that way! I'd start with green olives w/ pimentos. I like solid cream cheese better than whipped for its consistency, but it may not matter that much.

                                                                                                                                            Also, one question you must consider is the "population density" of the olives. My personal preference is not too many olives, just enough to get a few slices in each bite. I got this sandwich at a deli recently and they were way too heavy handed with the olives.

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                                                                                                                                              RoxyB Jul 24, 2009 01:15 PM

                                                                                                                                              Thanks, smtucker & placidothecat. I'll start with the basics and then fool around with options.

                                                                                                                                              Still giggling about "population density of the olives." I can see that briny goodness might not be so good in vast quantity.

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                                                                                                                                                BobB Jul 24, 2009 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                Quite true, though it depends on the presentation medium. In a sandwich they should be like houses in suburbia, close enough together to make a neighborhood but with enough space to keep everybody busy mowing their lawns on the weekend. If you're making canapes on crackers you can increase the density to favela level.

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                                                                                                                                              Divalicias Jul 26, 2009 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                              I save green olives with anchovies for dirty martinis.

                                                                                                                                              When I make olive and cream cheese spread, I just recklessly chop the olives and smash them into cream cheese, which I've softened and whipped slightly. Sometimes I put the whole mess into a food processor and hit the pulse button -- the result is still as yummy. I always use pimento stuffed green olives for cream cheese.

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                                                                                                                                                Smileelisa Aug 16, 2009 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                I made them with reg philly cream cheese softened, sliced pimento stuffed circles on plain white bread. I imagine you could experiment and use any kind of cream cheese or olives.

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                                                                                                                                                  row83an Nov 25, 2012 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                  put those green olives stuffed with pimentos with a small wedge of raw onion , garlic optional put in one of those kitchen choppers , leave kinda course mix with any kind of cream cheese , even flavored with onion and chives mix it all together ,spread on your favorite bread , grill in skillet , just had one , wow !!!

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                                                                                                                                                  Hunicsz Jul 19, 2009 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                  My dad made these for my lunches a lot. This was the early 80's, Northern Cal. I don't recall anyone else eating them, though. And it was always black olives.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. alkapal Jul 18, 2009 04:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                      in florida, i had that spread on crustless tea sandwiches (finger sandwiches, as suites rightly recalls). white, soft bread.

                                                                                                                                                      in college, there was a place that turned me on to rare roast beef with the green-olive-and-pimento cream cheese on pumpernickel and grilled. so delicious!

                                                                                                                                                      1. Sam at Novas Jul 17, 2009 09:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                        My Mom made them for us in the fifties and sixties. I remember her using ripe olives and whole wheat toast. Winston-Salem NC
                                                                                                                                                        I have some olives in the fridge right now and may have to grab a package of cream cheese next store stop. I have a source for some really good sourdough whole wheat too!

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                                                                                                                                                          suites Jul 17, 2009 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I remember my mom making cream cheese and olive finger sandwiches growing up - in Mississippi.

                                                                                                                                                        2. roxlet Jul 17, 2009 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Brooklyn, NY. It was a lunchbox favorite. ALways made on white toast.

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                                                                                                                                                            fern Jul 16, 2009 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                            We had cream cheese, olive, and walnut sandwich spread growing up. I still love it, though it's been some time since we've had it. Grew up in Northern Illinois.

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                                                                                                                                                              smtucker Jul 16, 2009 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                              What memories! This was one of my favorite "special" sandwiches as a kid. Mom generally made them on NY Rye bread, but occasionally, we got white bread for really special occasions. She grew up in Boston, but we were living in NYC. I don't know which location inspired this fabulous sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                              My sister preferred cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. I never liked that sweet thing.

                                                                                                                                                              I still love olives with cottage cheese since it is very similar.

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                                                                                                                                                                placidothecat Jul 17, 2009 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Yes, my Grandma usually used un-toasted rye bread, seedless. Un-toasted white bread isn't up to the task, but white toast is perfectly acceptable!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Bob W Jul 17, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  My mother occasionally packed me cream cheese and jelly sandwiches too. I much preferred the savory cc&o to the sweet cc&j.

                                                                                                                                                                  Also, I sometimes got cc&o with black olives. Not good -- too bland for me. Cc&o needs briny green olives. Of course, a modern version could use kalamatas.

                                                                                                                                                                  Rye bread is definitely the way to go!

                                                                                                                                                                  I don't eat much cream cheese these days due to cholesterol issues but I might have to whip up a cc&o sandwich this weekend. We have a loaf of corn rye from a local bakery that will be perfect for this treat. My daughter (almost 5) loves olives so I'll see if I can pass the torch on cc&o sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                    smtucker Jul 17, 2009 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Please do. Pass the torch I mean. My kid won't touch an olive. When she was at the age that I should have been introducing briny delights, we lived in a culinary wasteland and had no money! No olive treats were in the house, and an opportunity was missed.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Bob W Jul 17, 2009 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly -- if you don't offer different things, you'll never give them a chance to say yea or nay.

                                                                                                                                                                      Speaking of briny delights, my mother also packed me pickled watermelon rind as a "treat." Dare I offer that to the kids?

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                                                                                                                                                                        Divalicias Jul 26, 2009 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Ooh! I got my first taste of pickled watermelon from a favorite aunt who offered them to me like she was offering a subversive treat. I loved it from the start.

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                                                                                                                                                                      placidothecat Jul 17, 2009 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Hmmm, never tried black olives. I'd miss the pimentos too much.

                                                                                                                                                                      I tend to just use the regular 'ol green olives in a jar with pimentos, since that fits the sandwich's utilitarian vibe, but you've got me thinking. Our local Whole Foods has a nice olive bar, I may need to do some "research".

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                                                                                                                                                                        flavrmeistr Mar 10, 2011 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Another variation is a slice of really good kalamata bread with cream cheese. I had this at a bakery in Berkeley. Fantastic. Those tangy, salty kalamatas and creamy cheese with that good chewy bread--what else do you need?

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                                                                                                                                                                          alkapal Mar 11, 2011 02:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          i like that idea.

                                                                                                                                                                          in high school, i went through a baking phase, and one of my specialties was baking (and eating and giving away) the small date-nut loaves. i can say from a wealth of experience <ahem> that cream cheese on date nut bread is really great.

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                                                                                                                                                                          row83an Nov 25, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          try these with finely chopped raw onion and green olives with cream cheese with chives , and grilled wow!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Cameraman Jul 16, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        I grew up eating them too and have recently taken to spreading a shmear on a multigraIn cracker and topping it with a dollop of tapenade. Very satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. charentais Jul 16, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Sorry to go off topic, but this sounds really tasty right now.

                                                                                                                                                                          This California native has never heard of these.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Divalicias Jul 26, 2009 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I grew up in Southern California and we never had cream cheese and olive sandwiches. I once went to a friend's house in Newport Beach and her mom showed me how to make cream cheese and black olive dip, which I thought was phenomenal! It wasn't until I moved to the East Coast before I had a proper cream and green olive sandwich or rye or pumpernickel, which was even more phenomenal than the Newport Beach olive dip.

                                                                                                                                                                            Kraft makes a pretty good pre-mixed green olive and cream cheese schmear for when I'm too lazy to make my own.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Sherri Jul 16, 2009 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Southern Californian, early 60s, my favorite lunch treat. My mother (CA) and I ate them as a special treat. I think this was more of an "era" thing than geographic.

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                                                                                                                                                                              NVJims Jul 22, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Also had them in Southern California in the late 50's and early 60's. Mom would make them for us.

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                                                                                                                                                                              chowmel Jul 16, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Massachusetts - a standard sandwich in our household growing up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                BobB Jul 17, 2009 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Ditto here in Boston.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Scrapironchef Jul 24, 2009 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  My boston born dad used to make them for our lunches when I grew up in Chicago, don't know how to score that geographically.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  sablemerle Mar 9, 2011 08:02 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                  Here is my mom's recipe from my Irish-Boston mid-60's childhood:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Cut jarred green, pimento-stuffed olives into thinnish slices (width-wise, so the pimento is a circle of red in each slice). Put brick of cream cheese (they only came in bricks then) into bowl. Add olive slices and just enough of the olive brine to make a thick, creamy paste.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Spread thickly on dark pumpernickel.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Slice in half.


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                                                                                                                                                                                    muzzomine Mar 10, 2011 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    OOOOOHHHH, never thought of mixing them together and thinning with the olive brine! Will DEFINITELY have to try that!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      debbiel Mar 11, 2011 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      That was (well, still is) our standard prep for stuffed celery. The only time as a kid that I had a sandwich was when there was leftover spread from the stuffed celery. Now I make sure there's leftover spread for just that purpose. After reading this thread, I'm now intent to try it grilled.

                                                                                                                                                                                      One difference from sablemerle, we just do a rough chop on our green olives, not nice slices. But it still tastes delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  dct Jul 16, 2009 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Another Michigander here. My college snack bar (Kalamazoo College) offered grilled olive and cream cheese sandwiches, which I loved--crispy, gooey, salty AND creamy.

                                                                                                                                                                                  And the late, still-lamented, Drakes in Ann Arbor made the Stanford sandwich: Three layers of thin white toast, with olive salad, iceberg, and cream cheese. Delicious and dainty!

                                                                                                                                                                                  Now I have a hankering :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Janet Jul 16, 2009 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    We had them in Kentucky.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      LaLa Jul 22, 2009 05:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yup we did too in Kentucky

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. cuccubear Jul 16, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    That's my favorite schmeer on a bagel...prefer pimento-stuffed green.

                                                                                                                                                                                    oops, sorry - I'm in VA.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Kathfootball Jul 16, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Never had it as a sandwich, but my Aunt used to chop walnuts really fine then mix with cream cheese and wrap on the outside of the green olives. YUM think I'll make some tonight. and maybe a Sandwich to go with them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        cheesecake17 Jul 16, 2009 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I took cream cheese and olives several times a week for lunch in NYC

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                                                                                                                                                                                          pcdarnell Jul 16, 2009 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            laliz Jul 16, 2009 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                              FrankDrakman Jul 19, 2009 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                HillJ Jun 13, 2012 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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. babette feasts Jul 16, 2009 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  beachmouse Jul 16, 2009 10:33 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Bob W Jul 16, 2009 10:04 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      foxy fairy Jul 17, 2009 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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!

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