I have recently started teaching my son how to play checkers on my computer. Since I don't have an actual game board I thought I would make one that we could eat as a fun and tasty snack! I figured it would definitely be a memorable experience and he might remember the rules of the game better this way. He's five....and learning quickly but loved, loved, loved being able to eat the 'checkers' after he jumped mine.
Of course the rest of the family jumped in after a few moves to munch the 'checkers' and the game board too! It would be a fun appetizer for a party since one can't really disappoint with cheese ball!
You will need the following to make cheese ball checkers yourself:
- cheese ball - recipe follows
- olives - green and black (kalamata)
- triskets or other square crackers
- pumpernickel bread
- large surface for the playing board
Step 1: Cheese Ball Recipe
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sour cream
1/4 medium onion, finely chopped
1/4 red bell pepper, finely chopped
4-6 thin slices hard salami, diced
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
1/2 c. finely chopped chives
-16 green olives and 16 black olives - you will only need 12 of each for the 'checkers' but you will need a few extra in case you get 'kinged'. Then you can just add an extra olive to the top of the toothpick!
In a medium mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, onion, bell pepper, salami and cheddar until ingredients are well incorporated. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
Once mixture is cold (and slightly firmer) press the mixture onto a piece of waxed paper and form into a rectangle keeping the thickness the same throughout. Cut into 24 equal sized pieces and roll into balls.
Roll 12 of the balls in chopped walnuts and top with a green olive securing with a toothpick.
Roll the other 12 balls in chopped chives and top with a black olive securing with a toothpick.
Refrigerate until it's assembly time.