Of all the finger food I make for parties, this seems to be everyone's favorite. In fact, if I'm expecting certain guests, I always double the recipe. I've been making them for years and don't remember where the recipe came from. They're easy to make and very tasty. Serve them warm from the oven.
2 cups finely grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup all-purpose flour
approximately 36 pimiento-stuffed green olives (well drained)
Thoroughly mix cheese, butter, hot pepper sauce, salt, paprika, and flour. Form a portion of dough around each olive. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: Olive balls can be made ahead of time and frozen. Then just pop them into the oven and cook them just before serving.