Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wise Owl Cheese Ball

This fun cheese ball inspiration comes from my Great Balls of Cheese cookbook, by Michelle Buffardi.  I adapted the recipe for what I had on hand and I think he turned out pretty cute.    My friend Debbie, from Mountain Breaths is going to LOVE this owl! 
Here's the recipe, if you give a "hoot"!

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
1 8-ounce tub of cream cheese with onion and chives
1 cup extra-sharp cheddar cheese (I used white)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
a dash of Worcestershire sauce

For Decorating the owl:

1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 small round butter crackers
2 small pitted black olives, sliced
1 carrot
2 scoop-shaped corn chips, such as Fritos Scoops

crackers for serving

Using a stand mixer, mix together the cream cheeses, cheddar, mustard, salt and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.  Set aside 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture for attaching the eyes.  Form the remaining mixture into an owl shape-it should look like a large egg.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.  

When ready to serve, layer the almonds around the back and sides of the owl for the feathers, leaving the breast area plain.  To make the eyes, spread each small butter cracker with a little of the reserved cream cheese mixture, and stick an olive in the middle.  Affix the eyes to where the owl's face will be.  To make the beak, slice two 1/4" pieces of the carrot into triangles, and make a mouth below the owl's eyes.    To make the feet, slice six slivers from the remaining carrot and arrange at the bottom of the owl.  Finish the owl by pressing the 2 corn chips into the head for ears.  

This would be fun to serve for a Thanksgiving appetizer.  You can also check out my Turkey Cheese Ball recipe here

I am sharing this with:

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. This is so adorable Kitty and too cute to eat! I love the Fritos Scoops for ears :)

  2. Hoo was having some fun at Halloween?!?! He turned out great Kitty, bet the kids loved it:@)

  3. Oh Kitty, he's adorable! Almost to cute to eat...almost. ;)

  4. He would be perfect on my fall table! You are always finding something fun for us...
    Have a wonderful week, Kitty.

  5. Oh, is that ever cute! Love it, Kitty!

  6. That is beyond cute, Kitty. Love this idea!

  7. Oh my, what a cutie pie! I love your owl cheese ball! It's almost too cute to eat :)

    Hugs and blessings, dear Kitty!

  8. Kitty, that owl is awesome! I really need to put this on my list of owl stuff to make. Sounds tasty too!

  9. How cute and creative!!! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  10. This owl is adorable! Almost too cute to eat. Love all the clever details.

  11. My daughter will love this - she's crazy about owls...and cheese! Perfect!

  12. What an adorable ole HOOT he is!! ;-) Terrific idea..thanks for the recipe..and thanks for the smiles. *-*

  13. Hi Kitty, wow what an adorable appetizer! I love it!! I bet it's delicious too. It just looks too cute to eat!

  14. Adorable! I'm sure the grands love it ~ and of course, love eating it too.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! I apologize for not emailing back is out and the pain has been horrible today. Trying to visit a bit this evening.


  15. I definitely give a "hoot" Kitty. How cute is this little owl!!! This will really appeal to the grandkids.

  16. Whooooo says food can't be fun? Kitty, this is adorable and too cute to eat. I'm pinning to my autumn board. Thanks!

  17. Kitty, your owl is too adorable to eat! I just love it!

  18. Kitty this is so great! Lovely decorating job! I love owls. I would not want to eat this one, well, maybe after a few hours!

  19. This not only looks delicious... it is SO Cute. :) Thank you for sharing this.

  20. This is just too cute Kitty! Almost too cute to eat. I said, almost! lol!
    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. How adorable is this....and I know it taste good, too.

  22. Adorable is right - kids would love this and grown up kids too!

  23. Haha. What a CUTE little owl! Unfortunately, in my house he would always be blind. We're huge olive lovers here. :-)

  24. Kitty, this wise owl cheese ball is just adorable!! It sounds yummy, too! My mom always makes cheese balls for all of us for Christmas, and I love hers. This has gotten my taste buds in the mood for a cheese ball now. :-D I love the way you made his face, ears, and feet -- so creative!

    Thank you for sharing, Kitty. I'm behind on my blog visits; I really haven't meant to neglect my blog buddies. I hope all is well with you; I'm so glad to see you enjoying your sweet grandchildren at every opportunity. Take care, my friend, and have a great weekend!

    Big hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  25. Hush UP!!!!!!!!!!!! This is just TOO doggone cute!!! I love food that looks like something in real life. It's fun to dissect it! Whoa....does that make me seem weird? ;-)

  26. This is so adorable, Kitty! Looks delicious.

  27. Hi Kitty,
    Your Owl is getting the Cute Award this week! I just love this little creature. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you stay warm and cozy on this cold day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  28. Sooooo adorable Kitty!! I bet the first nibbler was reluctant to vandalize your cheesy creation! Congrats on the feature at Miz Helen's!

  29. This is sooooooooo cute and adorable!!
    Very creative


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