Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cream Cheese Penguins

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.

Anita B - all rights reserved
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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Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Well, this is Santa’s big day. He’s leaving the North Pole for his journey around the world bringing gifts to everyone who has been good this year.

There are a lot of gifts under our Christmas tree this year.

I received a lot of gifts already, I got a Kitchen Aid stand mixer this year, I call it "my Sous chef" " :-), I received a butcher block last week so I think I received my gifts already. Let's see if there are more under the tree.

I hope you all baked some good cookies for Santa, you know he loves them. Oh yeah don't forget the carrot for Rudolph :-)

Merry Christmas!