Monday, December 30, 2013

Cream Cheese Igloo and Olive Penguins

The Blog Tech has a holiday party to go to today so I made him some food to take to it. One of the things I made is this cheese ball.  People always get such a kick out of these.
 Plus, they are really good though no one ever seems to want to be the first one to dig into it. Make the cheese ball 1 day ahead.  Then, remove it from the refrigerator, flip it over and frost it with cream cheese.  Here is the recipe for the cheese ball:

The recipe:

  • 2 - 8 oz.packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup chutney (Major Grey)
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup Colby cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Monterrey Jack cheese shredded

directions


  1. Mix together the cream cheese, chutney , onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Fold in the Colby and Monterrey Jack cheeses.
  3. Line a small bowl with plastic wrap and press the cheese into the bowl.
  4. Chill overnight.
  5. Turn the cheese mixture out onto a serving plate.
  6. Spread cream cheese around the cheese ball and then cover the cheese in a layer of cream cheese too.
  7. Score the cheese ball with a toothpick to resemble an igloo.

 Slice the front of a pitted black olive open and stuff it with cream cheese.  Smooth it to look like a tuxedo.  Slice a thin round of carrot, cut a wedge in it and place the stuffed olive on it.  Take another olive and cut a small slit in it and place the carrot wedge in it to look like a beak. Push a frilly toothpick through the head and down to the carrot feet to hold each penguin together.

A slice of carrot serves as the igloo's flag.  Place a few sprigs of rosemary on either side of the igloo's entrance.  I was out of rosemary so I used parsley instead.  I don't think The Blog Tech's friends will notice the difference.

23 comments:

Bird said...

oh my goodness, that's adorable. I have to remember to do this when we have a party. This is too cute.

littlemancat said...

Love it - thanks for showing us this.
Mary

Cuisine de Provence said...

So cute!

Suzanne said...

BRILLIANT!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

So damn cute!

Patty Woodland said...

I can see why no one wants to cut into it. I'm sure no one wants to eat the penguins either.

Nellie said...

What a cute cheeseball! Those penguins are adorable!

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

So funny :-) :-):-)

Well Iä've done my grocery shopping for this week but this is a must try :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Cottage Tails said...

now that is soo fun!

Mary Ann said...

Okay, labor intensive, but looks so cute!

Jan said...

I love this!!! So cute!!! I must try and make this~~~

Thank you for sharing :)

Laurie said...

that is so cute!!!! I will have to remember this for next year!
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Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

hey, how bout a polar bear to match?
(look out little penquins)
xx
julie

Guillaume said...

I love olives, cream cheese and these kinds of displays.

Teacats said...

Brillant idea -- and so very cute for a party! Lucky Blog Tech to have a Mum with such a talent with food!!! :)

Brightest blessings to you, your family and darling Teddy for a wonderful 2014!

Cheers!
Jan at Rosemary Cottage

jody said...

Yum! Your cheese ball looks wonderful and yes! To cute to be the first to dig in! Enjoy your evening!

TARYTERRE said...

AWESOME! That is too cute for words.

Margaret said...

Wow! That is amazing! Is there nothing you can't do over there in that kitchen of yours :) You need your own show. I know I'd watch!

Barb said...

Very cute! I am sure they will not know the difference!

1st Man said...

SERIOUSLY? Oh my gosh that is freakin adorable!!! Love it. I think it would be nice any time of year. How cute to see an igloo and penguins in the middle of Summer, ha. Love it. You are very talented!

Kay said...

Oh wow! That is the cutest, most delicious looking treat. Love it! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Cute as heck! It sounds and looks delicious..as always.
Joyce, you are such a good Mom!! :)

luckybunny said...

Hahaha! Cutest thing ever!