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Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites

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Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites – One of the easiest and tastiest appetizers around.  Takes less than 10 minutes to make and perfect for baby showers, weddings or parties!


Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites


How easy do these Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites look?

Because they are as easy as they look, promise.

Really, you probably don’t even need a recipe.  However,  you’re kind enough to click over and see what it really takes to make these.  Thank you!


Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites


At some point in our lives, we all host a party.  

That party could be a birthday party, holiday party, baby shower, wedding shower or back to school party.  Really it doesn’t matter what the party is.

What does matter is that at every party, there are appetizers of some sort.  

Appetizers that will either take you, the host away from the party and into the kitchen or into the party with your guests.


Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites


I certainly hope you always choose the option to be IN the party with your guests than isolated in the kitchen slaving away so everyone else can have fun.

However the only way this can happen is if you make EASY, make ahead appetizers or hire it out.

Seeing as how most of us can’t just hire out our parties, we need to work together to create and share easy appetizer ideas.

These Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive bites are not only easy, but they can be made ahead of time, leaving you plenty of time to mingle with your guests!


Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites


See, win-win!

So why on earth did I need to make these delicious appetizers?  

I’m so glad you asked!  

When we lived in Colorado, the leaders of the youth program at church host a teacher recognition event every year for the graduating Seniors and a teacher of their choice.

The teacher they chose can be any school teacher who has had a positive impact on their life.  

Once the teacher is chosen, the student then formally invites that teacher, along with their parents, to an appreciation & recognition night at our church.


Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites


This event has been hosted for years and is highly talked about among the teachers in the school district, and being invited is quite an honor.

Not only do you get recognized, but you get to spend time with that student and their parents.  The students are asked to give talks and say the blessings on the food and give their teacher an award which can be displayed on their desk.

I was asked our last year living there, to do the food for the event. 

Knowing that some parents and possibly teachers, would be coming straight to the event from work, I wanted to make sure we had a variety of appetizers and not just a dessert bar.  


Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites


These Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive bites are one of the many we served.  

With a wide range of appetizers, I wanted the majority of them to be prepared ahead of time.  

Everyone LOVED these Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive bites so much that we ran out!  

 Since that first time serving these, I’ve made them several more times!

I now plate  half of them plain and half with drizzled pizza sauce on the platter, which gives more of a pepperoni pizza flavor.

These are simple, delicious and a crowd pleaser!  Really, it doesn’t get any simpler (or delicious) than these Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites!


Yield: 30 Bites

Olive, Pepperoni & Mozzarella Bites

Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 can of medium whole black olives
  • 1 package of pepperoni
  • 1 pound block of Mozzarella cheese
  • Pizza Sauce (optional)


Slice Mozzarella cheese into 1/2" x 1/2" cubes.
Drain olives from liquid.
Using a toothpick, skewer an olive and push 1/3 way up the toothpick.
Fold a piece of pepperoni into half or quarters and skewer next.
Finally skewer mozzarella. Do not push toothpick all the way through mozzarella, only half way through as you do not want guests poking themselves in the mouth with the toothpick.
If making ahead of time, arrange on tray and cover with saran wrap so that it does not dry out.
When serving, serve plain or with a drizzle of pizza sauce on platter.

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Janelle is a mom to three PICKY eaters who is constantly trying to find recipes her kids will enjoy! She loves cooking, baking and photography and is the voice behind the recipe. Being creative in the kitchen is where she comes alive.

10 thoughts on “Mozzarella, Pepperoni & Olive Bites”

    • Thank you Jenn! I had to host a huge event for 175 people and needed quick make ahead appetizers and these were perfect! A huge time saver when it came to crunch time and a huge hit! Sometimes we put out too many desserts and non-dessert appetizers area always appreciated – especially in the afternoon/evening!

    • Thanks Michelle! Sometimes being a hostess takes more out of us than we want to admit, which is why we need easy but tasty appetizers like this. Something that everyone will enjoy and the hostess can still mingle without worrying about the food.

  1. I’ve made these before & they were a big hit! I’m planning to make them again. How far in advance can I make them without them drying out, or the pepperoni turning the cheese a red color?

    • Hi Pam! So glad you like these as much as I do! Honestly I don’t know how far in advance you can make them. For me, I generally cut up my block cheese the night before {though you could certainly do this several days ahead as long as it was stored properly so it didn’t dry out}. I then assemble in the morning and put in the fridge covered up so they don’t dry out and I’ve never had a problem with the pepperoni turning the cheese red from the oils. However I suspect if you do it any sooner you may run into that problem. If you end up making these a day or two in advance, let us know how they turn out!

  2. Thanks for sharing.
    Absolutely perfect ! I’m going to make these for the upcoming Super Bowl Party! To make it even easier, think I’ll buy the mozzarella sticks and cut them in approx 3/4” chunks.


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