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 olive
s. A secondary meaning is that of olive bread
, a bread where the loaf of bread is laced with whole olives.
The luncheon meat
often also contains garlic
or sweet pepper
s 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.