When I first moved to Batesville six years ago, in preparation for the birth of my little love, I had a bit of culture shock. Not that Fayetteville is just this place dripping with culture, but I lived in a neighborhood five minutes from everything. I moved from there to a home in the middle of the forest (yes. Forest. There were different woodland creatures greeting me every day…I felt a bit like Snow White). But, we do crazy things for love, and I have always been up for an adventure. It is around this time that I discovered The Pioneer Woman, and I felt like she was my soulmate. When I discovered this recipe, I knew that it was destined to make a regular appearance in my kitchen and tummy.
Now, if you don’t like bread,cheese, olives and happiness, first, you might seek counseling, but second, you will not like this bread. It is easy peasy, quick, and perfect for a dinner for one (the leftovers are delicious and will make your coworkers jealous) or for a girls’ night to watch shows like the Bachelor (if you are that kind of person too 😉 ).
1 loaf crusty french bread
One can black olives, drained and rough chopped
One 6 ounce jar of pimiento stuffed green olives (or a bigger one, so you can sample them as you cook)
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise. I like the olive oil and cracked pepper mayonnaise, for an extra zip
12 ounces Monterey Jack cheese. I actually use the Mexican mix, and have some left over, since we eat cheese on everything. We need a support group.
Preheat your oven to 350°
Chop up your black olives and pimiento stuffed green olives. Eat some (for your strength).
Combine the butter, mayonnaise, cheese and olives in a mixing bowl. Stir together until combined.
Spread the deliciousness onto the French bread. Bake until the cheese is melted and browning, around 20-25 minutes.
*the original recipe suggests 2 stalks of green onions, chopping and adding to the mix. I abhor green onions, and refuse to allow them to live in my kitchen (nothing personal, really). But feel free to add them if you like green onions and are a socialist.