The term olive loaf can refer to two different food products. It can be a type of meatloaf or cold cut embedded with pimento-stuffed green olives. Or a loaf of olive bread, a bread where the loaf of bread is laced with whole olives.
The luncheon meat often also contains garlic, basil or sweet peppers for additional flavor. 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. 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.
Pimento loaf is similar to olive loaf, the primary difference being that it incorporates pickles in place of the olives.
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