If you are hosting a Halloween or wizard themed party, this adorable owl made out of cheese slices and a jumbo olive is sure to please your guests.
Step 1: Ingredients:
3 slices American cheese
4 slices Co-Jack cheese
2 slices Sharp Cheddar cheese
1 slice Provolone Cheese
2 jumbo black olives
Special Equipment Needed:
knife or kitchen shears
round cookie cutters (1 1/2", 2", and 3")
optional: small oval and tear drop cookie cutters
Step 2: Cutting the Cheese Slices Into Shapes
Use a knife or kitchen shears to cut a slight curve out of a slice of American cheese. Repeat with two more slices. Lay one slice with curve side down on your serving platter. Just above it lay two slices on top of each other with the curved side up.
Cut two little ovals out of a slice of Cheddar cheese using a cookie cutter, knife, or kitchen shears and lay the ovals over the bottom curve to make the owl's feet. Use a 1 1/2" round cookie cutter to cut three circles out of Co-Jack cheese. Set them in a row just above the feet.
Step 3: Layering the Cheese Slices to Create the Owl
Cut three more circles of Co-Jack cheese and set them in a row just above the first row of circles. Cut 8 more circles of Co-Jack cheese. Then cut each of the circles in half. Begin layering them, offsetting the rows as you go to form the owl's feathers. Make four rows, with either three or four feathers.
Step 4: Add Wings, Eyes, and Beak.
Cut a beak using a knife or a small tear drop cookie cutter. Set it just above the top layer of feathers. Use a 2" round cookie cutter to cut two circles out of Provolone cheese. Set above and just over the top edge of the beak. Use a 3" round cookie cutter to cut one circle out of Cheddar cheese. Cut the circle in half and attach at the sides of the owl for the wings. In order to get your olives to sit nicely on the cheese, cut off a slice on one side creating a flat surface. Set the olives on the Provolone cheese circles to create the pupils of the owl's eyes.
Serve with crackers. You can make this edible art up to a day ahead of your party. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. I would suggest you add the olive eyes just before serving.