We were having folk over for dinner, and I was putting together an assortment of munchies; cheese, sausage, some beer pickles, pepper relish, and pickled green beans. I just needed one more little spread to make it complete.
•8 oz cream cheese, softened
•1 tbsp mayonnaise
•1/4 cup chopped green olives
•2 tbsp olive juice
•1/4 tsp black pepper
•1/4 tsp garlic powder
•1/8 tsp celery salt
•1/2 tsp dried shallot
•2 tbsp vodka*
•1/2 tsp dried chives
•Additional sliced olives (to taste)
*Sure, you can leave the vodka out, and the spread will taste fine. It’s just a little bit better with the vodka.
Mix all of the ingredients together – I use an electric hand mixer – until blended, then stash in a covered bowl in the fridge for a couple of hours or, always more better, overnight to allow the flavors to meld. Once I had this batch mixed together, I took a taste and stirred in the dried chives and additional sliced olives, just because I thought it could use it.
When ready to serve, scoop into a martini glass, garnish with additional olives, if you like, and serve with crackers or flat bread.
Have your martini and eat it, too!
I like that in a munchie!