- 2 packages (8 oz) brick-style cream cheese
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
- 1 green onion, ends trimmed and chopped
- ½ tsp hot sauce
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 2 large ripe olives
- 1 baby carrot
- 1 toothpick
- For serving: assorted crackers, baby carrots
Prep and Cook
- 1In the bowl of a food processor, combine one package of cream cheese, the cheddar cheese, the onion and the hot sauce. Pulse until completely combined.
- 2Line a small bowl (5–6” in diameter) with plastic wrap and scoop the cheese mixture into the bowl smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
- 3Bring the remaining package of cream cheese to room temperature. Slice off ⅓ of the brick and return it to the fridge. Whisk the remaining ⅔ of the package with the milk until you’re left with a smooth consistency similar to frosting.
- 4Invert the bowl of cheese onto your serving platter. Using a palette knife or spatula, cover the cheese dome with the cream cheese ‘icing,’ leaving at least 1 tablespoon remaining in the bowl.
- 5Refrigerate the cheese ball for 1 hour to firm up the cream cheese.
- 6Using a small spoon, scoop out approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture to create an arched doorway in the side of the cheese dome. Cut the cream cheese that’s been set aside into small blocks and stack them to form a canopy surrounding the door. Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, draw brick lines into the cream cheese.
- 7Cover with plastic wrap and return to the fridge until ready to serve.
- 8To make the penguin, cut a slit from the top to bottom of the olive on one side only. Insert remaining cream cheese icing into the olive to fill the cavity. Cut the baby carrot into slices using two for the penguin feet. Stack the olive on top of the carrot feet. Slice the other olive in half and cut a notch into the centre of one piece. Insert a small carrot piece into the notch to form the beak. Place the halved olive on top of the large olive and secure with a toothpick.
- 9Serve the igloo cheese ball with baby carrots and assorted crackers.