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Pepperoni Olive Kebab

Move over stuffed olives!

I have made stuffed black olives for years and have catered parties where I have had to hand pipe 200+ black olives with a cheese filling. Recently, I saw this cheese and pepperoni stuffed olive at and decided to give it a try at our block party back in October. I used wooden paddle picks on mine and also tried a couple of these little tidbits with rosemary skewers.  I like them both ways but most of my Rosemary had new stems and they were a little limp.

While in Madrid we visited Mercado San Miguel they had everything you could possibly imagine (see some of the photos at the bottom — one item looked like turtle LEGS but I found out they are barnacles). This store had every kind of olive you could possibly imagine, olives as big as golf balls, olives stuffed with sardines, ham, cheese, stuffed with roasted red peppers and mussels and artichokes. You name it, they had it. We bought several and I proceeded to pick them apart to see what was on the inside. What a nice little snack and wee had a lot of snacks all day long and like I said before I was lucky I did not gain more than 2 pounds on this trip.

So, I think the point is if you like olives, find something to stuff them with and serve them as a tapas for your next party.

Pretty simple ingredients, cheese, pepperoni and olives.  I used a Colby Jack cheese. I think next time I will try mozzarella or Monterrey Jack Cheese. I also used sliced pepperoni from the deli which I had to fold because of it’s size. The packaged, smaller pepperoni may work better.

Don’t these look cute with the rosemary skewer. I plan on planting a few more rosemary plants this fall so I will have plenty to use as skewers during the holiday season. I think a little pesto cream cheese would be great piped in the olive.

Split on one side and add a piece of your favorite cheese.

Olive stuffed with mussel and roasted red pepper

Olives, cheese and ham

Olives rolled with anchovies

Olives, olives everywhere

I thought these were TURTLE legs but they are percebe gallego (barnacles)

Not olives, but one of the most interesting things we saw in this market.

So, to make these there isn’t really a recipe but here goes anyway.

Pepperoni Olive Kebab


  • jumbo black olives
  • thin sliced pepperoni
  • cheese slices
  • skewers or rosemary stems


  1. I used the pepperoni from the deli and it turned out to be pretty big so I folded it in half. If you use the packaged type you buy to put on pizza, I would not fold it. I also used a Colby Jack cheese and the next time I would probably use a provolone or mozzarella cheese.
  2. Take your pepperoni and cut a piece of cheese to go in center, lay the black olive on top of the cheese and fold up the sides of the pepperoni and insert pick. I really think you could still pipe a pesto cream cheese into the center of the black olive to add even more flavor. You could easily do these a day ahead of your party.

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