Sharp Cheddar-Olive Wafers

  • Yield: 2 dozen


2ounces pitted green olives
4ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
1/2cup all-purpose flour
3tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes
pinch cayenne pepper


  1. Place the oven rack in the upper one-third of the oven and then preheat the oven to 400F.  Process the olives in a food processor until uniformly chopped.  Add the cheese, flour, butter and cayenne pepper and process for 10 seconds or until the mixture adheres and forms a dough.
  2. Shape the dough into twenty-four 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on a lightly buttered baking sheet.  Flatten the balls with a fork in a crisscross pattern.  Bake for 6 minutes.  Rotate the baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes longer or until golden brown.  Cool slightly before removing the wafers to a wire rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.


Recipe reprinted with permission from Chef Michael Saxer’s Cooking with a Private Chef, New Orleans to Newport(New Orleans, Louisiana, 2008).