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RECIPE # 4241 - SNOWMAN CHEESE BALL - Wednesay, December 17, 2008

RECIPE # 4241 - SNOWMAN CHEESE BALL - Wednesay, December 17, 2008

CREATED Dec 17, 2008

ANN COX EASTES / KROGER

3 (8-oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

2 (3-oz) pkg dried beef, chopped

1/2 c fresh chopped parsley or 3 T dried parsley

1/3 c finely chopped green pepper

2 T dried minced onion

1 T horseradish

1/2 t garlic salt

1 (8-oz) carton spreadable cream cheese, softened

Garnishes for snowman -2 fresh rosemary sprigs, 2 dried blueberries, 1 dried cranberry,  2 pretzel sticks, 2 ripe olives, 1 small carrot or orange peel, 1 green onion

Assorted crackers

In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, dried beef, parsley, green pepper, onion, horseradish and garlic salt.  Chill until firm enough to shape into 3 balls of graduated size, starting with a 5-inch diameter ball, a 3-inch ball and a 2 /2-inch.  Place the 5-inch cream cheese ball in the center of a serving plate; top with 3-inch ball and then the 2 1/2-inch ball.  Spread cream cheese with a smooth knife over each ball and remaining cream cheese at base of snowman.  Cover and chill in refrigerator for a few hours.  Arrange rosemary sprigs on snowman's head, forming a wreath.  Place 2 dried blueberries on head for eyes. Slice small olives for buttons and place pretzel sticks for arms.  Cut one cranberry in half for mouth and carrot for nose.  Cut a 1/2-inch inch strip from top of green onion to make a scarf and tie around neck of snowman.  Serve with crackers.   

Yield:  15-18 servings.