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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  1. These penguins are so cool, very creative and perfect for the season! Awesome and fun idea! And Merry Christmas Anita!

  2. Oh My! These are adorable! Bookmarked.

  3. They look so cute! I think I couldnt eat them too!

  4. Cream cheese penguins looks great, very innovative post :)
    New in here, glad to follow you. check out my space as well..

  5. These little penguins are SO adorable!!!

  6. Lucen hermosos me comería todos los pinguinos de queso,eso es arte en la cocina me encanta,abrazos hugs,hugs,buen año 2012.

  7. Very creative and fun, I love penquins... not sure I would eat them but they sure are adorable here! :)

  8. These are adorable! Just pinned it on Pinterest :) Come and enter my giveaway:

    xx- holly (goeslightly)

  9. These look so cute, awesome idea, thanx for dropping by, glad to follow u back..

  10. I've been making these around the Holidays for the past five years and they're always a hit. I get requests every year. Be prepared to devote about one hour of prep time to each one dozen prepared. Helpers with little hands should be enlisted if available. Have a lightly dampened paper towel readied to smoothe the cheese and wipe off any excess from the olive. Also, a recommendation: substitute a black truffle infused soft cream cheese or Boursin brand garlic and fine herbs cream cheese for something that actually tastes great.

    1. Thank you for the tips. Boursin with garlic and herbs it's a great idea. I have to try it. The penguins were a big hit, but you are right, it takes a lot of time and patience to make them. Thank you for the comment.


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