Here is one of the appetizers I made for Christmas. I invited some friends to join us for dinner and when I put the penguins on my table they started to laugh and to take photos to post them on facebook, it was a big hit. The only problem is that nobody wanted to eat them because they are too adorable.
Jumbo or large black olives, pitted
Small black olives
1/2 package cream cheese (4 ounce), room temperature
1 large carrot
With a sharp knife cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo/large olive.
Using a teaspoon carefully insert cream cheese into each olive. Smooth the surface with wet finger.
Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds. Cut a small triangle out of each carrot slice. Insert the carrot triangle in a small olive to make the beak
Cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece and press into center of small olive to form the beak. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.
Set the stuffed olive, large hole side down, onto a carrot slice.
Set the small olive with the beak onto the large olive.
Secure with a toothpick.
They are super cute, easy to make and a lot of fun. It takes maybe 20-30 minutes first time, after that it's a piece of cake.
You can make scarf from roasted bell pepper if you still have patience :-) just cut long strips or pepper and put them around the neck.
Use goat cheese or add herbs or garlic salt to the cream cheese if you want more flavor.
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