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Pepperoni Stuffed Black Olives

Such a simple appetizer that will be a hit at your next party.

A couple of years ago I catered an “Old Hollywood” theme birthday party. It was such a fun party. It was a surprise party for the hostesses’ 40th birthday.  Her husband had a limo pick her and their kids up for dinner.  When they returned to the house, there was a red carpet runner laid out on the walkway to the front door.  All the people were dressed like their favorite movie star (there were a lot of Audrey Hepburns) for the night and they greeted the birthday girl at the door with applause. I made a copy of all these old Hollywood star pictures, matted them and used them on the tables around all the food trays. (See more pictures from party table below.)

There were movie popcorn boxes on one table, two chocolate fountains going in the kitchen, food covering the table, and champagne everywhere.  I loved catering this party. Everyone had a great time and the table looked great and the food terrific.


I have been doing this appetizer for years.  I usually buy jumbo pitted black olives, roll up pepperoni and insert in olive, and stuff with a cream cheese mixture and then just stack up on a tray and watch them disappear. I used to cut a thin strip of green bell pepper and insert into the cream cheese, but after doing 200 of these for a party once, I decided to quit doing the pepper garnish. It was way too tedious to cut and insert these strips of pepper into the olives and they are just as good without it.

These are easier to serve when you lay them out on a tray, overlapping slightly.

Pepperoni Stuffed Black Olives


  • 2-3 cans jumbo pitted black olives
  • 1-8 oz. cream cheese softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder


  1. Put the softened cream cheese in mixing bowl. Add the lemon pepper and garlic powder and beat with mixer until smooth and creamy. Put the mixture into a cake decorating bag fitted with a large star tip. A a piece of pepperoni and roll it up, slightly flaring it at the end and insert into the black olive. Pipe some of the cream cheese mixture into the end of the pepperoni.  I do not try to fill the olive with cream cheese. I just fill the pepperoni. Line these up on a tray and they are ready to serve.
  2. Here are a few more pictures from the table:

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