Come to Impress at Your Next Holiday Party…

The Mountain Life Team Blogger December 15, 2014

Want to do a unique and crafty recipe at your next holiday party?  Well, The Mountain Life Team has exactly what you’re looking for.  We have scoured site after site and here’s the best of the best!  Your choice of Salty or Sweet recipes compliments of hallmark.com below!

Frosty The Cheeseman 

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For the Cheese Ball
4, 8-oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature (2 oz. reserved for cheese ball frosting)
12 oz. grated cheddar cheese
1, 4.5 oz. package dried (chipped) beef, chopped
3 Tbsp. finely chopped chives
1 Tbsp. finely diced shallot
1 Tbsp. finely chopped Italian parsley
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

For Frosting and Decorating the Cheese Ball
1 cup sour cream
2 oz. reserved cream cheese
4 black olives, cut into small circles for the eyes and small squares for the coal buttons and nose
1 piece baby corn (buy a few pieces from your grocery store salad bar), cut into ¼-inch piece for the corncob pipe
Small red pepper, slice off small round end piece for the mouth
Zucchini, cut into 1-inch piece and hollowed out for the hat
Fresh thyme for the scarf and hat brim, plus two leaves for the eye centers
Toothpick for the corncob-pipe mouthpiece – 2 wooden skewers

1.Place ingredients in bowl and beat with an electric mixer until all ingredients are mixed together well. Divide cheese mixture into two sections—one larger for the snowman’s body and one smaller for the head. Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into balls. Refrigerate for two hours or until well chilled.
2.To make the frosting, beat together sour cream and 2 ounces cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3.Before removing cheese balls from plastic wrap, re-form cheese into round balls. This will be easier to do after the cheese has chilled.
4.Place larger cheese ball onto serving tray in desired spot. If you would like, place small pieces of parchment paper around base of cheese ball to protect tray from getting messy during frosting.
5.Place two wooden skewers into the center of the cheese ball to secure the head. Gently place head on the cheese ball body.
6.After the head and body are attached, begin frosting the cheese ball. Using a small, offset spatula, completely cover the outside of the snowman with the chilled sour cream frosting.
7.Finish the face, and dress the snowman using the remaining ingredients.

Serves—a lot!

For the Sweet Tooth – Try Strawberry Santas

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24 strawberries
8-oz. container mascarpone cheese ¼ cup powdered sugar Black & red gel frosting in a tube
1. Using an electric mixer, beat mascarpone cheese with powdered sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes.
2. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fit with a decorating tip (a small one with 5 points). Set aside.
3.Cut greens tops from strawberries to create a flat base.
4.Cut top ¼ inch from strawberry to make a Santa hat.
5.Pipe a small swirl of the mascarpone cheese mixture onto cut small end to make a face.
Top with the strawberry Santa hat piece.
6.Finish with small dots of frosting for buttons, eyes and nose.
Makes 24 Santas