It's tasty, and disgusting all at the same time!
It's also quite easy to make, and will make a great impression on your Halloween guests... if you can just get them to take that first bite!
Hope you enjoy!
I have no idea where to give original credit to.. My friend Erika came up with it originally for our party, but I believe she was inspired by ideas seen in a magazine, and I've modified it since.
If you want more ideas for creepy halloween food, you can check out my blog at www.dabbled.org
Step 1: Ingredients / Materials
Face Mold (You can find the ones used to make masks at an art supply store)*
Wide straw (McDonald's ones work well)
Cheese ball mixture - may need a double recipe, depending on the size of your mold. **
Thin Sliced Prosciutto (3 oz should be plenty)
Several Olives (At least 2 colors. Get a variety big ones with pits, black & green, and already pitted if you want to play around with what works best. See Step 3 for details)
Crackers for serving
*If you can't find a mold, you could try this with a hard plastic halloween mask--just line with plastic wrap to cover the eyeholes. But a mold will work better.
**Use any cheese ball recipe that features cream cheese and will hold it's shape. If you don't have a favorite, try something like this:
2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
2-3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 Tbl mayonnaise
1 Tbl horseradish (or cajun seasoning to taste)
Proscuitto CC Licensed by mulaohu
Olives CC Licensed by Prakhar
Face Form from Dick Blick
Step 2: Prepare the Face
Line the inside of your face mold with plastic wrap for ease of removal (I've skipped this step before).
Shred your prosciutto into small (1-3 inch) pieces. Although large pieces will look really nice, they are much harder to cut through and eat.
Now carefully begin placing your prosciutto in your mold, covering the entire interior with 2 layers. Overlap the edges a bit too.
Scoop the cheeseball mixture carefully into your mold, pressing down (particularly in the nose and other indentations) to make sure it is filled completely.
Step 3: Prepare the Eyes
Early years I simply added sliced green olives with pimento (see the 3rd picture on the blue plate).
Now I use the technique from the Evil Mad Scientists for preparing the eyeball look, which I think looks even better.
You'll need 2 colors of olive, one for the iris, one for the pupil.
Basically, slice off the side of your "iris" color olive, to make a circular iris.
Then take your straw and punch a hole in the center of the iris.
(Or, if using a pitless olive, you can slice it in half so that you have one end with the pit hole and one end without. On the end without the hole, punch a new hole with your straw. This will make a more protruding eye.)
Slice off the side of your pupil color olive. Punch a hole in that piece with your straw. Then insert that circle (pupil) into your iris!
Next time, I'm planning to incorporate the white part of the eye as well, giving a more 'pop-eyed' look.
To do this I am using a modification of my Mozzarella Eye Appetizer (see picture 2), by slicing a mozzarella ball in half, and placing the iris and pupil on top.
Step 4: Put It All Together!
Then, fold any stray pieces of prosciutto onto the cheese mixture, and unmold onto a plat. I think a silver platter gives a nice effect!. Touch up any issues with the prosciutto, and place your eyes into the indentations where the eyes should go.
Surround with crackers, add a spreader, and enjoy!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and have a yummy halloween!