These are almost too cute too eat! But they're delicious so eat them! I've made these many times for parties and they are always a huge hit! I've even made them in a Super Bowl theme with a football shaped cheese ball surrounded by these penguins. Also a huge hit especially with the men! I found this recipe on Allrecipes.com. I added the dry ranch dressing to the cream cheese for more flavor.
These penguins are tedious to make but so very worth it! Just a few simple ingredients needed to create these little cuties. Give it a try and impress your guests!
|Cream Cheese Penguins|
18 jumbo black olives, pitted - for the body
18 small black olives, pitted - for the head
1 large carrot - for the feet and beaks
1 jarred roasted sweet red pepper - for the scarves
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 packet dry ranch salad dressing
18 sandwich picks
Mix together the cream cheese and dry ranch dressing. Set aside.
Cut a slit from top to bottom in each jumbo olive.
This is so you can stuff the jumbo olive with the cream cheese mixture.
Cut the carrot into 18 thin disks. And cut a 'v' shaped pie slice into each carrot disk. Save the 'v' shaped wedge to use for the penguin beak. Insert the beaks into the 'x' sliced area of the small olives. This area is where the pit was removed.
Slice the jarred sweet red pepper into 18 long thin strips for the scarves.
Fill the jumbo olives with the cream cheese mixture.
Place the filled olives on top of the carrot disks.
Insert the sandwich picks through the top of the filled olives and into the carrot disks. Part of the sandwich pick should be sticking out the top of the jumbo olive.
Place the small olive on top of the jumbo olive through the sandwich pick that is sticking out.
Now wrap a piece of the thin sliced red pepper around the penguin necks as seen in the top photo.
Cover and chill until ready to serve.
These can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
Here is a video link showing how the penguins are made. I didn't use the candy eyes because I think they look better without them, but you can add them if you want.
This post belongs to My Recipe Journey food blog.