The Flayed Skin Cheeseball




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This lovely grotesque appetizer has been a hit at my Halloween party for several years now. 

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.

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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

Prepare your cheeseball mixture according to directions.   You'll want to ensure you have enough to fill your mold, so either line the mold with plastic wrap and prefill, then remove from mold, or just measure the volume of your mold and confirm.  If you don't have quite enough, just add extra shredded cheese/cream cheese.  Set aside cheeseball mixture in refrigerator.

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

There are several ways to do the eyeballs. 

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!

Let you face mold chill for several hours to set.

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!


Step 5: 2009 Version

Note the eyeballs.  As I mentioned I added the mozzarella behind the olives this year.  Nice touch I think.

And check out the version that jfearnside posted in the comments section!  Great job on the eye lids.

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21 Discussions

man this is so gross looking.
i couldnt eat something that looked like that. not even if it wwas the best tasting food ever. lol

I made this for my daughter's zombie birthday party and the kids loved it... they said it was so creepy but cool.

I was impressed at how easy it was to make... Thanks for the idea.


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8 years ago on Introduction

Boy. That has to rank right up there with the Kitty Litter Cake.. (


9 years ago on Introduction

Okay, I've put one of these together, chilling in the fridge overnight. The wife and kids saw the mold, and the cheese ball mix, and they can't wait to see the final product. But! They didn't see me put it all together, and they don't know about the pastrami. This could be classic.

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9 years ago on Step 4

I love this. What a disgustingly tasty idea for a Halloween party platter.

To make it look even creepier, you can look up an image of facial muscle anatomy and try to lay out your strips of prosciutto the same way.


9 years ago on Introduction

Awesome Instructable! Thank you for sharing! I see other tantalizing (and terrifying!) delectables on your table spread...what are they? I'm especially curious about the eyeballs...


10 years ago on Introduction

 Thanks for this great instrucable. I made it for our halloween party and it was a real hit. I made a change to the way the eyes were done though. In mine I made some eyes using mozzarella balls and painted then with food coloring. I then took a really sharp knife and cut a slit where the eyes should be and scooped out some of the cheese ball underneath and popped in the eyeballs. Then pushed the "skin" back down to make eye lids. It looked awesome!

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10 years ago on Introduction

Looks awesome...
If you wanted to go a little further with it...
How about using some quail/small eggs for the eyes, add a layer of red pepper jelly (sweet and spicy, great on cream cheese) for a more gruesome look...face mold, ham layer, cheese, layer of jelly and then finish off with more cheese.... that way when you go to cut into it with the spreader, the jelly will ooze out like blood or brains...


10 years ago on Introduction

This is flippin' awesome!  I may have to try this....I might use two seperate cheeseball sections though.  Toss some red food coloring into the bottom 2/3 and grey food coloring into the top 1/3.  Great Instructable!!


10 years ago on Introduction

thanks for all the nice comments!  it really is an easy fun halloween appetizer... I'd love to see any that you guys do...!


10 years ago on Introduction

Eyeballs that move would really freak someone out. You should take a gas torch to give it some 3rd degree burns because nothing worse than decaying flesh is burnt decaying flesh. And you forgot the ripped out toungue...

This trumps my finger food. I'm feeling a bit queasy...


10 years ago on Introduction

This is definitely the most disgusting food item I've seen on here so far - excellent work! :D


10 years ago on Introduction

i really need to stop coming to this site untill halloween is over...i'll never have enough time to do these ideas