Headed to a party this evening. And we are taking a snow man cheese ball. We made one for a holiday party a few years back and of course did not write down the directions. I have a few food allergies so everything we end up making ends up different. I usually look up several different types of recipes and than mash them together to get something both the husband and I will like.
The husband cooked the bacon yesterday. Today I am warming it up a bit in order to have as much grease drain off as possible. I crumbled about 5 full pieces once warmed up. It has to be crispy but not burnt.
The base of the ingredients is cream cheese, we used 2 8oz. packages. Cream cheese is kinda the glue and what helps give our little snow man his shape. But you do need to let the cream cheese warm up a bit before building so that it mixes well. He will go back in the refrigerator to get chilly once built.
I put in a bowl 3 cups of Mexican mix shredded cheese and 1 cup of the shredded mild cheddar cheese. Tossed them a bit to get them well mixed and then added my bacon crumbles to the mix and tossed that mix. Then comes the super messy part. I added my softened cream cheese.
Wash your hands good, then wash them again and then get your hands in there. You have got the blend it really well. Nothing works better than your hands and eyes. And then you need to split up the mix and remember the head is just a bit smaller than the snowman butt.
Yes you will see that my snowman isn’t really white. this is where your grated Parmesan (and Ramano) comes in. You will coat the outside of the head and butt with the grated cheese. this is your fluffy snow look. I used about 1/2 of a cup. Press in into the cheese balls gently with your hands and this also helps to further shape your head and butt into nice round balls.
We used pretzel sticks as our construction beams. Because they are edible. You should never put anything into a dish that is not edible such as toothpicks for structure stability, there might be smaller children who are helping themselves. Safety first!
I gently pushed the pretzel sticks into the base, didn’t want them to break, because if they break then you have to dig out pretzel sticks and that is not fun. One pretzel stick easily breaks, and two does as well, but three you have more support, so if you trip while carrying your little snow man he is less likely to have his little head roll right off and onto the floor. then I gently push his had onto the three pretzel sticks, very careful not to snap the sticks. Then he goes into the refrigerator to chill a bit while I make his little outfit.
Twizzler’s pull and peel! They have a bunch of different flavors and colors so you can go with which ever flavor is your favorite to eat, there will be left over Twizzlers. I used a total of one section. I pulled them a part in three sections, two strips I smashed together to make one long scarf. The other section I chopped up into pieces to make gloves and a smile.
I needed to get a small kitchen knife to scoop out where the smile was going because it wasn’t staying/ sticking very well because of the Parmesan on the outside. I also used this technique to put in the olive eyes. Pretzel bit for the nose and pretzels for the arms. The gloves were just a bit of a challenge because once you pull apart the Twizzlers they are finicky to get back together. Just a touch of water and a bit of squishing and they stay in place enough for presentation.
I do not have any fresh rosemary growing at our new house yet, that will be put in in the spring. But I do have lavender still green out side. I snipped off two sprigs and washed it very well, and poked a few into the head because I don’t have a top hat for the little guy, so I made him a little girl. Cute as a button!
We have our party pack of crackers and a plastic knife for spreading and we are ready to party!
So an hour to thaw the cream cheese and an hour maybe to build. You probably will not be taking photos for each step and typing in between. So I am sure you can put your little snow man together quicker. You night even want to use a carrot for a nose too.
Snowman/lady cheese ball was a total success! Yours will be too!