I was really inspired not too long ago to finally take on these super cute olive penguins I found on Pinterest!
Aren't they the most adorable things you've ever seen?!
Hubby's family was visiting from NJ and although he was grilling some good meat, I just wanted to give it a try! I thought it would take a long time, but honestly, I just put on some music, opened a bottle of wine, and had some fun in my kitchen. *Oh and I peeked here to get a better idea of the process*
You will need the following for about 40 cute penguins:
1 can of small pitted black olives, drained
1-2 can of large or colossal pitted black olives, drained
2-3 washed and peeled carrots
8oz of cream cheese (choose a flavored kind for an added kick!)
After draining and separating the olives, allow them to air dry or gently pat them with a paper towel.
As you can see, a bottle of wine was nearby to assist with refills...
Slice the carrots into 1/4 inch thick wheels.
Once you've sliced them all, cut out a small triangle from the wheel as seen below.
These will later become their feet and their beaks!
Take the larger sized olives and with a knife, cut an opening from top to bottom. Guide your cut from the marks from where the olive pitted.
Now, I know you've been washing your hands throughout this process. If you haven't yet....do it now! With your fingers, scoop some cream cheese, and gently stuff it into the large olives. Don't try to clean the cream cheese from the olives right away. Just wait till you have stuffed all of the olives, wash your hands, and with a moist paper towel, wipe the extra cream cheese.
And maybe I could have taken a picture of how I placed the beaks...but alas, I forgot to do it with my cream cheese filled fingers! lol!
Remember that little triangle you cut from the carrot wheels? You will take that triangle and cut it half, maybe even in thirds. Thing is, you will place the skinniest part of the triangle into the smaller opening of the small olives. This way, the carrot will stay in place and the olive will not break apart.
When you are ready, grab your toothpick and slowly pierce a whole through the side of the small olive, through the top of the large olive, and into the bottom carrot wheel...I mean... Head, shoulders, and feet!
You've got yourself the cutest little finger foods you'll never want to eat. They are just too adorable to bite into!
What has been your most recent Pinterest creation??