Olive loaf

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Olive loaf
Olive loaf sandwich.jpg
Sliced olive loaf, on a sandwich made from "olive bread"
Type cold cut
Cookbook: Olive loaf  Media: Olive loaf

The term olive loaf can refer to two different food products. Primarily, it is a type of meatloaf or cold cut embedded with pimento-stuffed green olives.[1][2] A secondary meaning is that of olive bread, a bread where the loaf of bread is laced with whole olives.[3]

Olive studded focaccia. "Olive bread" is occasionally referred to as "olive loaf"

The luncheon meat often also contains garlic, basil or sweet peppers for additional flavor.[citation needed] Olive loaf is a loaf-type luncheon meat, traditionally cooked in a loaf pan as opposed to a sausage cooked in a casing. Higher quality olive loaf is primarily beef and pork while less expensive olive loaf contains mostly chicken or turkey.[citation needed] Since most less expensive bologna is made from similar meats, and since many companies now cook olive loaf in sleeves to give it a round appearance, it is a common misconception that olive loaf is a sausage like bologna.[citation needed]

Pimento loaf is similar to olive loaf, the primary difference being that it incorporates pickles in place of the olives.

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  1. ^ "Searching for answers to food mysteries". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Processed Meats". Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Mary Cadogan (1 May 2009). "Asparagus, sundried tomato & olive loaf". BBC Good Food. Retrieved 1 March 2015.