Monday, July 2, 2012

Cream Cheese & Olive Spread

O'Carr's has been a well-loved deli here in Birmingham for nearly 40 years; known for their chicken salad, fruit & cheese plates and June Carr's hot fudge cheesecake, O'Carr's sees food more as art than just a meal. Their motto is "Eat By Color", and it shows in their beautifully vibrant fruit & cheese plate, which is my personal favorite off of their menu.

An assortment of the best fruits for the season, paired wonderfully with an assortment of cheese, my absolute FAVORITE part of this dish is the cream cheese & olive spread, which is served with an array of crackers. It's such a simple item, but one of the things I always look forward to when dining at O'Carr's. So, naturally, I figured out how to make it on my own!


Cream Cheese & Olive Spread

Ingredients
1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
2-3 tsp olive brine
1/2 cup pimento-stuffed green olives, finely chopped
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Seasoning salt

Combine the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise and chopped olives; mix well. Thin with the olive brine, a little at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.




Season to taste with the garlic powder, onion powder & seasoning salt.


Mix well to combine, then chill at least 2 hours before serving in order to let the flavors meld. Serve with assorted crackers, or schmeared atop a lightly toasted bagel.





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    1. It's SO good! Something about that salty briny flavor just WORKS with cream cheese!

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  2. So excited to see this. I love O'Carr's and have tried to make this before without success. Can't wait to try this recipe.

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    1. It's super easy! It's not EXACTLY like O'Carr's, but it's DEFINITELY close enough for me :)

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    2. Made it and took it to a ladies group - rave reviews! thanks.

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  3. is there an estimate of how much garlic powder, onion powder & seasoning salt was used? I'm not the best at doing things "to taste" and don't want to over season

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    1. Start with about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of each. It's always easier to add more than to take away!

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  4. This is fabulous! I just made some to take to a family Thanksgiving dinner and I love it. It will be even better when it's had time to meld.

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    1. Thank you! It's so easy and one of my all-time favorites :)

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