Halloween Eats & Treats: Cheesenstein
Hi! Anyone still out there? Sorry for the lack of posting last week, but we were gearing up for a Halloween Party last night! The party was an overall success and I think we are going to make it an annual tradition - especially since both of Our Boys asked if we could do it every year. How could I say now to these spooky boys?
While preparing for the party, I was searching for fun food ideas and came across so many creative ways to make food spooky. I ended up selecting a few specific things I knew I could accomplish without making myself too crazy.
I made Mummy Dogs, which are extremely simple to make and there are tons of versions of them all over the internet. I didn't remember to get a photo of them before the kids dug in, but they did turn out cute. The kids gobbled them up faster than you can imagine.
We had asked some parents to stay and enjoy some grown-up food as well. When I saw a recipe for a Cheesenstein over at Taste of Home's website (HERE), I just had to make it! Now mine is a little different because I couldn't see buying a parsnip just to pull slices for the eyes. So, my creepy cheeseball came out cool, but a bit different from their version.
The process of making the cheeseball is very simple, so I did that on Friday night. Saturday, I tinted the whipped cream cheese green using the Wilton gel color - Moss Green. Chopping the black olives took the most time. The biggest problem I had was getting the cucumber to stay on for his nose. After Cheesenstein went back in the fridge to chill it stayed on better.
The flavor of the cheeseball was good, but it took some coaxing to get anyone to dig in since they didn't realize he wasn't just a decoration! You could use your favorite cheeseball recipe for this creation.