- 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 cartons (4 ounces each) whipped cream cheese
- Moss-green paste food coloring
- 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained
- 2 pepperoncini
- 3 colossal ripe olives
- 2 slices peeled parsnip
- Black decorating gel
- 1 pretzel rod
- 1 small cucumber
- Assorted fresh vegetables
- 1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce until smooth. Stir in the cheddar cheese, bacon and onions. Shape into a 5-in. x 4-in. x 3-in. rectangle; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled.
- 2. Unwrap rectangle; place on a serving platter with a 3-in. side on top. Tint whipped cream cheese green; spread over top and sides of rectangle.
- 3. Add chopped ripe olives for hair and pepperoncinis for ears. Cut one colossal olive in half; add parsnip slices and olive halves for eyes. With black decorating gel, pipe the brow, mouth and stitches.
- 4. Break pretzel rod in half; add a colossal olive to each end. Press into sides of head for bolts. Cut a small piece from end of cucumber for a nose (save remaining cucumber for another use). Serve with vegetables. Yield: 3 cups.
1/4 cup (calculated without vegetables) equals 329 calories, 31 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 89 mg cholesterol, 545 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.
Reviews for Cheesenstein
"This was AWESOME!!!!!!! I made this for Halloween (yes, I'm slow in reviewing) and everyone RAVED over it. Not only is Cheesenstein adorable, but tasty as well! I've modified him into a "Cheeseter Egg," too, and my office asks me to make one for every holiday now. Hahaha"
"Fun to make. Big hit at party."
"Cheesenstein was a hit!"
"Made the inside of the cheese ball the day before and it was perfect"
"I have this for five different parties and it is a big hit. I do add a tablespoon of ranch dip for a little extra zip. I also found that the black gel for the eyebrows and mouth tended to run so I just tinted some of the cream cheese black and used that. If you mix the black food coloring with a little cream cheese in a plastic baggie, there is no mess then just snip a corner off to pipe it on."
"i made this into a mummy for a Halloween themed baby shower loved it the best cheese ball recipe i have ever had"
"This was great! The visual was just as the picture and it tasted yummy."
"I made this for our party at work and it was great!It looked fantastic and was tasty. Will definitely do again."
"This recipe not only looks great, the taste is just as good. This was huge hit at my party. People we afraid to be the first one to eat it. They didn't want to ruin it.-Lori in PA"
"This recipe's appearance not only looked fantastic it was equally delicious. A huge hit at my party!! Everyone was afraid to be the first one to eat it. They didn't want to ruin it."
"As others have said, this was a big hit! I agree that flavoring the cream cheese would be more tasty. I decided to place the head looking up at the ceiling because he was being transported to the party. I was concerned Cheesenstein would do a face plant in the car! Luckily, he made it safely and was promptly devoured.Also, I used spray-on color for the green. It was very easy, had no taste, and was very bright."
"I made this for a party this year and made a few adjustments:-I used chopped walnuts instead of bacon.-Pepperchinis for both eyes and nose.-Cream cheese for the hair using black food coloring.-I used black coloring gel found at Michael's Crafts for the eyes, brows and mouth. It has no taste to it and you can just paint it on with a paint brush.-Plastic bolts were used from a children's toy tool set that I purchased from a toy store.-Served with Ritz crackers.It was a huge hit!"
"This was a big hit at our halloween party. Also such fun to assemble.. Will use it again."
"I made this last year and it was a big hit! The flavor is great and its so fun. I'm about to make it again for tonight's party."
"I just served this at our Halloween party to rave reviews. I did take the suggestion to flavor the whipped cream cheese (onion powder). I also used Swiss cheese half moons for the eyes and tinted some of the whipped cheese for mouth and eyebrows. Fun recipe that I will be using again. Thanks!"
"Turned out pretty well and made a great impression. I made it two-faced w/ a vegetarian version on one side (used pecans instead of bacon - I actually liked it better than the original). I also cut half-moons from a thick slice of white American cheese for the eyes instead of the parsnip and just used another pepperoncini for the nose. Next time I would:- season the whipped cream cheese- use black-colored whipped cream cheese instead of chopped olives for hair (olives were pretty overpowering)- use more of that black-colored cream cheese to make the uni-brow / scars (the sweet decorator icing tasted weird w/ the savory cheese ball)"
"This is the second year I've made this. It tastes and looks great! I had to start because nobody wanted to mess it up but then it was history!! Excellent!!"
"very cute idea. I made two and sent one to school and took theother to a costume party. It as a hit all around!"
"This is too cute!!"