Thursday, December 13, 2007

Holiday Cheese Spread - Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style

Every year my family throws a big Christmas dinner and we invite some friends. My friend Walkiria showed up a few years ago with a tasty snowman cheese spread that was too cute to eat. It "melted away" quickly as everyone wanted to get a taste of it.


This is my entry for the Annual Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange. If you would like to participate, please visit Overwhelmed with Joy for the guidelines. And happy cooking!


Ingredients:
3 slices bacon
2 tablespoons butter
1 pkg. (8oz - 240 g) cream cheese softened
2 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese (I used smoked ricotta)
Garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper to taste.

1) Place bacon on roasting rack, cover with paper towel and microwave at High for 3 to 6 minutes or until brown and crisp. Cool and crumble.

2) Mix butter, cheese, cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper in medium bowl until well blended. Add bacon and combine well. Divide mixture in half.



For the snowman:
2 pretzel sticks
black peppercorns
1 whole pimiento
1 pimiento-stuffed green olive
1 baby carrot
crackers

1) Divide one half of them mixture into 2 or 3 portions (depending on the type of snowman you want to make). Shape each portion into ball , making balls for head and upper body slightly smaller than base. Stack balls on serving tray.
2) Make snowman's arms by inserting pretzel sticks into cheese. Decorate with peppercorns for the eyes and buttons. Add carrot for the nose. Cut small piece of pimiento for mouth. Cut 1/2 inch-wide strip of pimiento to make scarf. Trim top and bottom of olive and use wooden pick to secure olive to cracker for the hat. Place on head.


For Santa's boot:
Sliced almonds
Black peppercorns
pimiento strips

Shape remaining half of cheese mixture into boot shape. Trim top of boot with sliced almonds to resemble fur. Use peppercorns and pimiento for laces and bow.

9 comments:

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a wonderful idea, Cris!
And I love it that you used smoked ricotta. :)

Nunnie's Attic said...

How did you get 2 different dips out of that one recipe?? You're good.

Did the difference in consistency between cheddar and ricotta force you to change anything else to get it to set up? I know I have a lot of questions but we love dips in this house. Especially dips with cream cheese and bacon!

Love,
Julie

Anh said...

so creative! I love them!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Hi Cris.
Great cheese ideas. I might adapt it some time during Christmas.

Sandra said...

I love it, those look wonderful :)

JANET said...

Ah, thanks! I have a Sunday School party this coming week. I was wondering what to make!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Cris! That snowman is just ADORABLE! I love it!

Come check out my blog - I think you will find something familiar there:http://www.leftoverqueen.com/2007/12/16/holiday-treats-from-faraway-places/

THANK YOU SWEETIE!

CookingDiva - Chef Melissa said...

Hola Cris! Everything looks delicious and so colorful!Un abrazo desde Panama! I´ll be back soon...
Melissa

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