Olive nibbles with pizza dough for aperitif

Olive nibbles with pizza dough for aperitif

By 04/12/2013

We have a proverb in Italy: "Chi mangia da solo muore da solo": he, who eats alone dies alone.

Food is best enjoyed in company and being alive and with people you love is cause enough of celebration.

And entertaining... is so much fun! And this is the perfect month for being really creative in the kitchen. Cooking is an art, like any other forms of art. With you hands and imagination you can create such beautiful things and what's even better is that they are edible too!  There is nothing more rewarding than leaving your guests with full bellies and big smiles on their faces.

With some leftover pizza dough I made these quick nibbles which go perfectly with a glass of white wine or Prosecco to greet your guests at their arrival. If you don't have much time on your hands you can buy some ready made pizza dough.
So Let's Party! And don't forget to enter your party recipe into the Let's Party blogging challenge if you haven't already done so 🙂 It would be great to have a jolly round-up in time for Christmas!

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes


Make the pizza dough following the recipe here using half the ingredients.

Roll the dough with the palm of your hands to make thin cylinders

long cylinders

Pierce some olives into a wet wooden skewer

olives on stick

Twist the dough cylinders around the olives on the skewers. Lay the skewers on a baking tray over a sheet of baking paper

rolling the dough

Make the olive lollypops by putting an olive at the end of the dough cylinder

olive on dough

Roll the olive around the dough inwards


Pierce with a wooden skewer and lay over the baking paper with the other nibbles

olive lolly pop

Let the dough rest for an hour in a warm place. In a bowl mix some tomato sauce with a tbsp of olive oil and salt then brush the lollypops with it and sprinkle with some oregano.

Brush the olive twisters with olive oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cook for about 20 minutes in the oven at 190 C.

olive canapes
olive nibbles
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7 Responses to Olive nibbles with pizza dough for aperitif

  1. la cucina di Molly

    Ma che brava, ottima proposta per le feste natalizie, sono molto sfiziosi e stuzzicanti, devo provarli! Un abbraccio!

  2. gloria

    Alida I love these look amazing:)

  3. unikorna

    OMG that is soooo ingenious :)))…Definitely will try.

  4. Margaret

    What a great idea, so whimsical! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Louise

    I’m so glad I came back to visit this post Alida! I know that saying you “speak” of well. My father use to say it in Italian quite often. I guess that is why we always had an empty chiar at our house. he said it was for “company.”

    I love these Olive Canapes and with store bought pizza dough, they would even be easy enough for me, lol…Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…

    • Alida

      Thanks Louise for your always lovely comments XX

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