Cream Cheese Penguins
photo by littlemafia
- Ready In:
- 18 large ripe black olives
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 carrot (about 6 inches long and 1 inch in diameter)
- 18 small ripe black olives
- 18 frill toothpicks
- Cut a slit lengthwise from top to bottom in each jumbo olive.
- Fill the cavity of each jumbo olive with about 1 tsp of cream cheese.
- (this makes the white stripe of your penguins chest) Cut carrot into 1/4 inch slices, then out of each slice cut a small notch (this is your penquin's feet), save the piece you cut out this will become the beak.
- Cut a small slit in the center of each small olive and press the cut out piece of carrot into the hole with the pointed end out.
- Using a frill toothpick, stack head (small olive), body (large olive) and feet (carrot slice), adjusting so that beak, cream cheese breast and notch in carrot slice line up.
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These had RAVE reviews at the party I brought them to. I used onion & chive cream cheese. I found that it was best to fill the tummy, by putting the cream cheese in a zip lock bag and cutting the tip, then piping them into the olive. Then I refrigerated the olives with cream cheese for about 1/2 hour before I assembled them. Then refrigerated before I served. Also if you use a slightly thicker slices of carrot they stand up better rather then using a thinner slice. These were the first thing gone at the party!!
How cute can you get? Everyone loved them! To make them easy, use whipped cream cheese and put it into a ziplock bag. Make a small snip in the corner of the ziplock bag and you're ready to pipe the cream cheese into each olive. Very easy. Another trick is to make a larger notch in the carrot, take the piece you cut out and cut that in half. Now you have 2 beaks. If your beaks are too thick to put into the olive head, make the beak thinner. For presentation I took a mirror and sprinkled some powdered sugar on it to look like snow. Add the penguins and you have a great centerpiece.
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