Queens In Blankets – Spanish Olives Canapes

The plump, meaty Gordal queen olives give these simple canapes real bite! They’re a fresher, healthier option for the buffet table, with no pastry in sight.

Preparation Time: 10min
Cooking Time: 8min frying/15min in the oven
Makes: 16 


  • 16 Gordal (Queen) olives
  • 8 slices Serrano ham
  • 1 jar onion marmalade or similar store-bought chutney

To Make:

  1. Empty the jar of onion marmalade/chutney into a piping bag, cut off the end and fill the centre of each olive.
  2. Halve the slices of Serrano ham lengthways.
  3. Roll each olive up in a strip of ham and place on a baking tray.
  4. Pan-fry or bake in the oven at 200°C until evenly crisp.
  5. Serve warm.