The next time you're at a holiday party or at Grandma's house for Christmas, take a second look at the cheese and crackers plate. You know it's there. There's ALWAYS a cheese and crackers plate. And generally, it seems to be the one unwelcome guest at the hors d'oeuvres table.
There is a solution. It's called Olive Bread.
Though it might be mildly uncouth to abduct someone else's perfectly crafted cheese and crackers plate and spruce it up yourself, the next time you're in charge of the infamous dish or are planning to host your own holiday party, make this Olive Bread and use it in place of the cardboard-like crackers. (Trust me, even if people are eating the crackers, they probably aren't enjoying them. Just saying. Constructive criticism, my friends.)
For Thanksgiving this year, I made this Olive Bread, sliced it thin, toasted it and placed it alongside cut-up cheese and crackers (okay, yes, guilty. I still provided crackers). It was a hit! The simple flavor with chunks of salty olives and a mildly crusty crust made it a more exciting vehicle by which to eat its complementary cheeses.
What's also nice about this recipe is it's good with things other than cheese. If you've got a cream cheese spread or your favorite dip on hand, this bread will be a perfect partner. It's pretty easy to make too, and just a few ingredients makes two substantial loaves. Use regular pitted black olives, Kalamata olives, even try a medley of green olives and pimientos for a festive look, depending on what kind of olive-y flavor you want.
It's time to make the cheese and crackers -- er, Olive Bread -- plate feel welcome again.
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