I love a good theme and opportunity to make something creative. These little chicks are super cute! If you don’t want to spend the time making individual cheese balls I also made a cheese log “carrot”. Either way they are pretty tasty! I don’t really like olives so I didn’t use those in the middle of the cheese chicks.
My cheese was not as fine as I would have liked so I tossed it in the food processor and did a couple quick pulses.
Cheesy Chicks Mini Cheese Balls
(Adapted from Hallmark)
2, 8-oz. packages cream cheese
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon zest
Salt and pepper
1, 14-oz. can whole black olives
2 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
Carrot rounds (for beaks and feet)
Whole peppercorns (for eyes)
Using a mixer, combine the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour.
Drain the can of olives. Using your fingers, cover each olive completely with about 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture and form it into a ball. Refrigerate for another hour.
Before serving, roll each ball of cheese into the finely shredded cheddar cheese to cover. Place each ball on a round cracker.
Cut pie-shaped wedges from carrot rounds for beaks and feet and press on. Add black peppercorns for eyes.
To make the carrot I found it’s easier to mold the shape in some cling wrap then put it on your plate and cover it with the shredded cheddar cheese.