Delicious bite sized stuffed olives, cleverly disguised as cute little penguins!
These take a bit of work, but once you find a rhythm - they finish pretty fast.
For this, you will need:
1 8oz package of cream cheese (softened)
(about) 18 Jumbo pitted black olives
(about) 18 small pitted black olives
1 carrot, at least 1" thick
Other decorations (bell pepper, chives, etc)
The seasonings are not needed - I usually make mine plain, but they do add a nice boost. Or, you can just buy already flavored cream cheese. =)
Slice the carrot(s) into thin disks. You'll need one disk for each penguin.
Cut a wedge out of each circle - keep both pieces!
The wedge will be the beak, and the pacman shaped piece will be the feet
Next, cut half of each jumbo olive. The olive should still be in one piece, but opened in the front.
(mix the seasonings into your cream cheese if you're going to)
Fill each jumbo olive with roughly 1 tsp of cream cheese. If your cream cheese is soft enough, you can load it into a ziplock bag, snip a corner off, and just squeeze the filling into the olives.
Now - to finish assembly.
Stick a wedge of carrot into one opening of a small black olive. You may have to trim your wedges some if they don't fit easily.
Set a stuffed olive on top of your pacman carrot slice, and then a small one on top. Poke a toothpick through the entire thing, making sure to get it into the carrot at the bottom.
Strips of chive are a delicious addition to these - and can be cut and draped around their neck like a scarf. Or, instead of chives - bell pepper!