Organic Cream Cheese Penguins

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Adults and children will get a kick out of this festive holiday treat! The combination of black olives, carrots, fresh red pepper strips, and cream cheese build the perfect penguin appetizer for your next holiday party. They are just as much fun to make as they are to eat!

Ingredients

  • 20-50 jumbo or colossal organic black olives, pitted
  • 20-50 small organic black olives
  • 1-4 organic carrots (try to find fat ones, so the feet come out large enough)
  • 8 oz organic cream cheese or neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed or dill seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • roasted red or yellow peppers for scarves and ties

Directions

  1. Mix spices into the softened cheese, and put cheese mixture into a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off.
  2. For the body, select a jumbo olive. Slice a bit off the hole end so it sits straight. Cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each olive. For a big white belly area, cut a 1/4 inch wedge out of the olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive; smooth with a spatula or butter knife.
  3. Slice the carrot into 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece for the beaks.
  4. Make thin beaks by slicing the beak pieces in two (make them half as thick).
  5. Cut a slit in a small olive and insert the beak to make a head. If the beak is too wide, cut off a little bit of the wide corners.
  6. Set a big olive, large hole side down, onto a carrot slice. Then, set the head, hole side down, onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the carrot slice line up. Secure with a toothpick.
  7. To make scarves, cut red or yellow peppers into strips about 5-6″ long and 1/4″ wide and wrap them around the necks of the penguins.

Recipe inspired by Emily Birt’s Party Penguins, which includes other versions of penguins with hats, ties, shoulder pads, clown suits, etc.

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Dr. B.J. Hardick

About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario. Learn More

  • Helen Highwater

    these are very cute. i could see using slivers of smoked salmon in place of the red peppers for non-nightshade eaters. thanks!

  • Sara

    GREAT suggestion for those of us that are non-nightshade eaters! What I don’t get is how is this recipe “organic”? I don’t see even one ingredient listed as “organic”. ????

  • David-Christina Isaacson Betti

    Easy, you just get all organic ingredients to make them with.