Adorable appetizers for any occasion, olive penguins are perfect for your next party.
When I saw these cuties on Once Upon a Plate I knew I had to give them a try, but there was one thing I had to fix. The Vlad the Impaler look wasn't really what I was going for at my little soiree, so I needed a way to disguise the toothpick sticking out of the poor penguins' heads.
What could be more festive than pompom party hats?!?
Step 1: What you'll need
Jumbo pitted ripe olives
Regular pitted ripe olives
Carrot, peeled and cut into rounds
Pompom skewers or toothpicks (mine came from a cocktail kit but you could easily glue pompoms to regular bamboo skewers)
Card stock or craft paper
Clear scotch tape
Circle cutter or punch (optional)
Step 2: First step: Party hats!
Roll the piece of paper into a cone shape and secure it with a small piece of tape.
Thread the paper cone onto your pompom skewer and set it aside.
Step 3: In the kitchen...
Stuff the olive with cream cheese and smooth it down with a knife or your finger. For a ruffled tuxedo shirt, you could pipe in the cheese with an icing bag.
Cut a small triangle out of the carrot, this will be your penguin's beak and the remainder will be his feet.
Make a small incision in the little olive and insert the carrot beak to complete the head.
*Please note that other recipes for olive penguins are available on several websites including allrecipes.com, recipezaar.com and peaslovecarrots
Step 4: Putting it all together
Go medieval on the poor little guy and run that wooden stake right through him.
Using your scissors, cut off the extra length of the skewer.