Mommy life

The Pioneer Woman’s Olive Cheese Bread (see also, a taste of heaven)

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.

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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.

 

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