Olive Muffins with Fresh Goat Cheese

These easy cheesy olive muffins really make a chic and delish appetizer for your holiday dinner parties. They are mainly prepared with flour, milk, eggs, cheeses (Parmesan and fresh goat cheese), green and black olives, and fresh herbs. I have them served with some mixed salad greens, but you can enjoy them just without. A glass of Loire white, like Sancerre, or sauvignon blanc-based white is highly recommended. If you really don't like the common cat-pee smell from sauvignon blanc, then a refreshing riesling would be just as lovely and harmonious.
Recipe adapted from Kabeleins Olivenkuchen mit Ziegenfrischkäse und Salat
I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

  • 100 g All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 100 ml Milk
  • 80 ml Olive oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 60 g Green olives
  • 60 g Black olives
  • 50 g Fresh grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Fresh curly parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 round Fresh goat cheese, 20 grams each
  • Some mixed salad to serve
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line 10 wells of a muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add in milk, olive oil and egg yolks and beat until smooth. Now add in olives, Parmesan, and chopped herbs. Season the mixture with salt and black pepper.
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold the egg white into the batter until combined. Fill the prepared muffin pan 3/4 full with batter. Top each with one fresh goat cheese round and drizzle with a little of olive oil.
  3. Bake at the upper rack of the oven for about 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Serve the muffins on a bed of mixed salad.


Unknown 30/12/10 16:34

Wow, to DIE for! Lovely shots & they just are making me drool. Happy New Year

foodtravelandwine 30/12/10 16:35

Great idea!!....I need the parsley, and I will make them!!......te deseo lo mejor para el 2011, 2012, 2013 y ad-infinitum.....hay desear lo mejor no solo el año que sigue.....sino siempre!!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

Rosa's Yummy Yums 30/12/10 16:35

That looks very refined and extremely enjoyable

Happy New Year!



Claudia 30/12/10 16:43

This is delicious - and will make it to my table. I love the use of both black and green olives and anything with goat cheese makes me so very happy. And I love the quote - stealing it!

Belinda @zomppa 30/12/10 16:53

These are gorgeous!! A shout-out to you btw for your shortbread. =) Have a wonderful, wonderful New Year!

eatgreek.net 30/12/10 16:55

mmm... interesting!!! it looks amazing! :D

lisaiscooking 30/12/10 16:59

These look fabulous for a party! Love the goat cheese on top.

gigabiting 30/12/10 17:00

They do look fantastic, and will be tried out this weekend! All my favorite flavors together in one.

Boulder Locavore 30/12/10 17:05

These sound great! Something so savory sounds delicious to me after all the sweets! I just read an article on making one's own goat cheese. Maybe I'll try my hand at that and then make this recipe! Happy New Year Angie!

Rumana Rawat 30/12/10 17:12

Fabulous. no other words to say:)

Unknown 30/12/10 17:13

Awesome clicks...looks fresh n tempting

Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style 30/12/10 17:17

Goat cheese and olives has to be one of my most favorite food pairings of all time. These savory muffins look fantastic and I bet they taste fabulous too!

Santosh Bangar 30/12/10 17:22

amazing tempting. clicks are very live

MaryMoh 30/12/10 17:35

That's a healthier muffin using olive oil and adding goat cheese...a healthy start to the new year! Love the picture :) Happy New Year!

mr. pineapple man 30/12/10 17:54

I love olives!! that muffins gotta taste delicious!

Puja 30/12/10 17:56

Such beautiful pictures! I bet this was super tasty as well!
Season's greetings and best wishes for a happy new year dear Angie :)

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whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 30/12/10 17:56

I like these! Cat pee smell, lol! Never quite related the two. This is my kind of snack.
Happy New Years!

Mary Bergfeld 30/12/10 17:57

I would never have though to do these, but they look and sound wonderful. Kudos. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Cherine 30/12/10 18:01

I really really love these!! Absolutely tempting!
Happy new year :)

Unknown 30/12/10 18:23

Wow..looks so tempting...and very easy to make....Bookmarked...

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 30/12/10 18:37

Chic is definitely right! I like the idea of a savory muffin immensely and will definitely have to explore this further. Happy New Year, Angie!

Faith 30/12/10 19:17

What a wonderful combo! These are beautiful and so festive. Happy New Year to you too, Angie!

Kate @ Diethood.com 30/12/10 19:21

I knew I'd want to try these as soon as I saw 'goat cheese' as an ingredient! Great stuff, Angie!

Kumi 30/12/10 19:24

Sounds like a perfect thing to have while waiting for the New Year to arrive! Wishing you happiness and more culinary delights!

Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet 30/12/10 19:26

What a perfect appetizer for New Years Eve! I have this on my list of items to make. Happy New Year - may it be filled with much happiness!!

Pavithra Elangovan 30/12/10 19:51

Wow it looks yummy and nice platter...Wish U happy New year Angie.

ann 30/12/10 21:07

I love a savory muffin and we are olive freaks in our family! Happy New year!

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) 30/12/10 21:37

very inviting n tempting mufffins...

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 30/12/10 22:33

They sound delightful! What a pretty presentation they make also. Great recipe, Angie!

chow and chatter 30/12/10 23:27

wow love these great for parties
whens the cookbook coming out Angie

~ Chef Louise 31/12/10 00:03

happy new year to you... congrats on your win

Torviewtoronto 31/12/10 01:10

looks delicious lovely presentation

Wen 31/12/10 02:48

These muffins look lovely, unique and delicious! Happy New Year to you and your family!

3 hungry tummies 31/12/10 03:22

I love savoury muffin and the combination is just awsome. Good appetite indeed :)

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine 31/12/10 03:34

amazing presentation you are just amazing every picture and recipe is lovely Happy New Year cant wait to see what 2011 brings from your blog!

scrambledhenfruit 31/12/10 03:50

These look like a wonderful way to ring in the new year- delicious!

TasteHongKong 31/12/10 04:46

I like muffins and bet this would be a hit in a party with or without greens.
Happy holidays and wish you a happy, healthy 2010!

tigerfish 31/12/10 05:24

One of the most unique muffins I have seen ...as it is totally savory.

Prerna@IndianSimmer 31/12/10 06:20

That looks amazing! Really worth pleasing the crowd in a prty!

Angie's Recipes 31/12/10 07:08

@~ Chef Louise
Happy New Year to you too!
What have I won?

maameemoomoo 31/12/10 07:12

Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!

I want this NOW!

Saw something similar lately at one of the restaurants here, think i'm gonna order this tonight if possible. :P

Have a Blessed New Year Angie!


Jeannie 31/12/10 08:23

MMMmm looks so fluffy and delicious! Love the savory combination of these muffins...Happy New Year to you too Angie:D

Ivy 31/12/10 08:25

Yes, I can imagine how delicious these taste. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Lora 31/12/10 08:26

Terrific combination of flavors. Love these!

Joyti 31/12/10 10:04

The muffins sounds magnificent. The combination of olives and goat cheese must be incredible.
Hope you have a lovely New Year!

Anonymous 31/12/10 11:05

What a great recipe to end the year with.
Happy New Year to you and yours and all the very best for 2011.
:-) Mandy

Priya Suresh 31/12/10 11:08

So tempting muffins,just makes me drool..Wishing u a happy and prosperous new year to u and ur family..

My Taste Heaven 31/12/10 11:12

i love that! incredible!

happy 2011 to you! god bless xx

Sanjeeta kk 31/12/10 12:29

You always surprise me with your innovative and new recipes. Love the olives in the muffins. Happy 2011 to you, Angie!

Karen 31/12/10 12:44

Angie, this looks indeed very chic! I love your "Guten Appetit" rock and the beautiful presentation of these muffins. It's so nice to see light and fresh dishes in the dead of winter. Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year. Prosit Neujahr!

Joanne 31/12/10 14:23

Oh how delicious! I bet they would make the perfect mid-day snack...or dinner accompaniment! Delicious.

marla 31/12/10 15:03

These savory muffins look amazing!! Happy New Year my friend - can't wait to see what you will be cooking up in 2011 :) XO

Paul Jennette 31/12/10 15:31

As always great stuff coming from you!!! I re-posted this on my facebook page. Happy New Year Angie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nora@ffr 31/12/10 16:04

angieeee!! agaiinnnn m backkk!! sooo sorry havnt been around for a while.. missed you and your fabulous dishes :) and olive muffins?? m sure gonna prepare this soon since my husband love olives soo much.. hehe love it very muchhhh!!
happy new year 2011 to you and your family..

Victor 31/12/10 16:17

Olives and goat cheese in a muffin, that's a first for me. I will sure try it out! Thanks Angie and Happy New Year!

Biren @ Roti n Rice 31/12/10 16:43

That's a lovely appetizer! With the salad, it can even be a light lunch. Happy New Year to you and your family!

Unknown 31/12/10 17:22

I love the idea of a savoury muffin. THe flavours you used were spectacular, and I like the way you plated it with a salad. What a great lunch idea.
Wishing you a very happy new year!
*kisses* HH

Anonymous 31/12/10 17:22

Happy New Year!

Velva 31/12/10 18:08

Angie, I wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a very Happy New Year. I am looking forward to enjoying your blog in 2011.


Devaki 31/12/10 18:14

This is absolutely marvelous Angie and your pics if possible at all are getting more and more divine.

Wishing you the most glorious New Year!

Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

FOODESSA 31/12/10 18:16

Why is it that everytime I come for a visit...I usually feel the need to book mark your latest. These scrumptious looking muffins are going to thrill our tummies for sure ;o)

Here's wishing you the best your heart desires for the New Year Angie.

Ciao for now,

Jason Phelps 31/12/10 18:29

I am sure I have never had anything like this. The flavors must be truly amazing. Thank you for sharing it.

Happy New Year!


Mother Rimmy 31/12/10 19:08

Simply impressive. I could make a meal of this with the salad. Happy New Year! I look forward to visiting and seeing what you're cooking up this next year. :)


Unknown 31/12/10 22:05

I really am so impressed with these. I saved the recipe. Love the flavors and it seems easy too. You had me at "fresh goat cheese." It looks so good oozing out of the center! Happy New Year!

Chef E 1/1/11 02:36

Angie, you are amazing! I come over here and find the most wonderful food, and wish I had some...especially this!

Happy Anniversary to you and your family!

Anonymous 1/1/11 03:27

Very delicious looking muffins. Love the flavours. Happy New Year Angie!

Monet 1/1/11 07:38

So very beautiful...so very elegant...these muffins would make my husband swoon. He adores olives, and he loves it when I bake with them. I'm saving this recipe so I can surprise him with a batch over the weekend! Thank you for sharing with me all that you do. I wish you many blessings and much joy in the New Year!

grace 1/1/11 08:50

i've only recently come to appreciate and enjoy the punch of goat cheese. that said, having something like this in my repertoire would be excellent!

Unknown 1/1/11 16:10

Oh yea, I could go for like a dozen (or more) of these!!! YUM!
Happy new year to your and yours!!!

ann low 1/1/11 16:18

This muffin looks so classic and delicious :)
Happy New Year to you and everyone at home :)

Reeni 1/1/11 16:48

I should never come here hungry! I wish this was my brunch today - so delicious looking! Happy New Year Angie! xoxo

tasteofbeirut 1/1/11 17:36

These are so elegant and I love the round of goat cheese plopped in the middle; saves the trouble of reaching for a piece of bread doesn'it! I was not aware of any cat-pee smell to the wine but I will check next time!!!

OysterCulture 1/1/11 22:09

Olive muffins with goat cheese, what genius thought this up, I love the idea and cannot wait to impress!

Emily Z 1/1/11 23:16

Okay, I am bookmarking this one. My husband and I both love olives, and I love goat cheese perhaps a little more than he does... so this seems like something we'd both enjoy serving at the next party we have. Yum! Happy New Year!

Brian Samuels Photography 2/1/11 02:51

Happy New Year, Angie!!!

These savory muffins look delightful!

♥peachkins♥ 2/1/11 05:14

Happy New Year Angie! Cheers to more posts!

theUngourmet 2/1/11 08:40

This is one elegant muffin. Gorgeous! Happy New Year to you!

Sassy Chef Recipes 2/1/11 11:34

Oh, you made me fall in love with those! I got to try some of them!
Happy New Year!
Much Love,
Sassy Chef

A Canadian Foodie 3/1/11 06:34

This looks so light and tasty and perfect for a ladies lunch - but i killed myself at your wine description "cat pee smell"!!! First time I ever heard that - now I have to buy a bottle and sniff it!

Roxan 3/1/11 20:02

Ha ha, cat pee smell? I've never heard of that before. I don't drink much wine but I'll look out for it next time. These muffins look amazing! They are totally not what I thought they would be when I saw the title in my rss reader, but delicious nonetheless. Happy new year, Angie!

Unknown 4/1/11 03:46

That looks lovely. I love that you utilized goat cheese in a muffin.

Stella 4/1/11 14:52

Yikes! That muffin looks so golden delicious:)

delphcotecuisine 4/1/11 19:45

wouaouh, too yummy this muffin, I will try, I love cheese and olives
thanks for sharing
bises from France

Unknown 4/1/11 22:32

just WONDERFUL just simple yet appetizing :)

Magic of Spice 5/1/11 05:11

Oh my goodness do these ever look tempting :)
Happy 2011! Hope you had a beautiful Holiday...

Anonymous 5/1/11 20:37

So elegant and it's great for a bruch item

Cristina 20/1/11 23:20

I can't wait to make these sophisticated flavored muffins. What a fantastic recipe! They must smell wonderful when baking.


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