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Igloo Spread with Cream Cheese Penguins

Kids love helping make this fun appetizer. Plan a family day in the kitchen a day before your party to allow plenty of time to enjoy creating this Arctic treat.

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  • Prep Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 10 min
  • Servings 18

2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
1
cup crumbled blue cheese (4 oz)
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup Betty Crocker™ Bac~Os® bacon flavor bits or chips
2
medium green onions, sliced (2 tablespoons)
1/4
teaspoon red pepper sauce
1
package (8 oz) firm cream cheese
1
tablespoon milk
18
jumbo pitted ripe olives, (from 5 3/4-oz can)
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese
1
carrot, at least 6 inches long and 1 inch in diameter
18
small pitted ripe olives
18
frilled toothpicks
Carrot curl, if desired
Rosemary sprig, if desired
Red bell pepper pieces, if desired
Crackers, if desired

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 1 Line 1-quart bowl with plastic wrap. In food processor, place Cheddar cheese, blue cheese, 1 package softened cream cheese, the bacon bits, onions and pepper sauce. Cover and process, using quick on-and-off motions, until thoroughly mixed. Press cheese mixture into bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
  • 2 Invert cheese mixture onto upside-down glass plate or pie plate, forming igloo shape. Remove about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture from one side to make 2x2 1/2-inch arched doorway.
  • 3 Cut two 3/8-inch slices from end of block of firm cream cheese; reserve. Beat remaining cream cheese and the milk with electric mixer on medium speed until blended and smooth. Frost glass plate and igloo with cream cheese mixture; smooth with spatula. Draw lines across igloo, using toothpick, to look like ice blocks. Cut each reserved cream cheese slice into 4 rectangles. Use 6 to 8 rectangles to form door canopy. Cover loosely and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 4 To make penguins, cut a slit from top to bottom on each jumbo olive on one side only. Insert about 1 teaspoon cream cheese into olive to fill cavity. Cut carrot into 1/4-inch slices; cut small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Press cutout notch piece into center of small olive to form beak (if necessary, pierce olive with small paring knife or toothpick to make a hole). Using a frilled toothpick, stack head (small olive), body (jumbo olive) and feet (carrot slice), adjusting so that beak, cream cheese breast and notch in carrot slice line up. (Penguins will stand better if olives are stacked with larger holes facing downward.)
  • 5 To serve, cut flag shape from carrot curl and secure on toothpick; insert into top of igloo. Garnish igloo with rosemary, bell pepper and cream cheese penguins. Serve with crackers.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Maintain the North Pole theme by accompanying the edible igloo with blocks of blue gelatin.

This recipe works best with full-fat cheese. Low-fat and fat-free varieties can be too soft, making it harder to preserve the structure of your Arctic architecture!

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
400mg
400%;
Total Carbohydrate
3g
3%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
8g
8%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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