About this recipe: Just imagine a plate of penguins, made with black olives, carrots and cream cheese. You can add scarves and hats by using red capsicum strips cut into different shapes. This recipe is all about fun, tasty finger food!
Gets folks laughing! Worth the effort. Tips (from me & others): use herbed or ranch flavored whipped cream cheese (it will still look white); don't simply slice the olive, remove a small section to accomodate the filling; pipe whipped cream cheese using a sandwich bag; make "beaks" thin to avoid splitting the "head" while inserting them; try inserting "beaks" vertically rather than horizontally; "heads" take the most time - make them the night before and leave them soaking in the olive brine. Don't forget to make baby penguins! Fill a single olive & set on top of carrot feet with large whole facing up. Insert toothpick through center to pin it to the "feet". Set "beak" into cream cheese filling of large whole - it will hold it in place. Do a variation on this to make "swimming" penguins. Fill a single olive. Stick beak in one end and feet in the other. Shave off a small portion from the underside of the olive to keep it from rolling around. For "environment" we used an aluminum pizza pan and foam board ($1.99)for an ice flow. Trace the pan on the foam board. Cut out the circle with a craft knife. Cut circle in half jaggedly to simulate ice flow. Cut remaining half into pieces; glue and stack in layers to create "hills". Cover pizza pan with blue plastic wrap. Place "ice flow" into the pizza pan. Tape plastic wrap to bottom of the pan to hold it in place. When placing penguins, push the toothpick into the foamboard to hold them in place. Transports easily this way. - 01 Jan 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
These were really a hit with the kids at our Christmas family gathering. Instead of using frilly toothpicks, I went to a party store and purchased the toothpicks with the flags from diferent countries. I also made a cheese ball in the shape of an igloo and placed my little guys all around it. Very cute! - 12 Oct 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
These are too adorable!! I added some garlic powder to the cream cheese for a little flavor. Also, I heated the cream cheese briefly (about 20 seconds) in the microwave and then put it in a ziploc bag. By cutting off a small corner of the bag, you can easily squeeze the cream cheese into the olive using the ziploc like a pastry bag! - 23 Apr 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)