This is such a fun cheese ball appetizer to make for holiday parties! This idea came from a "Country Christmas Ideas" magazine (I don't remember which year). I made him for a recent family gathering and everyone loved him! I used an old family favorite cheese ball recipe as the base, and then decorated him according to how they had done it in the magazine.
Hedgehog Cheese Ball
4 boxes of Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
2 pkg Budig deli corned beef, finely chopped
8-10 scallions, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Accent
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 pound (2 cans) Smokehouse salted almonds
1 red grape
1 olive (or 2 raisins)
Mix 3 packages of the cream cheese with beef, scallions, accent, garlic and curry powder.
Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Shape like a hedgehog.
Use the last package of softened cream cheese to spread a thin layer of white over entire hedgehog.
Use a 1/2 red grape for his nose. Cut an olive to make two eyes.
Press almonds into body, pointed side up.
Serve with crackers.
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