Hungry Happenings: Transform an ordinary cheese tray into an adorable owl this Halloween.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Transform an ordinary cheese tray into an adorable owl this Halloween.


People often ask how I continue to come up with the ideas for my themed cuisine.  Well, I have begun to image how almost everything I see would look made out of food.  The other day I came across a craft project that I just fell in love with and I instantly visualized how I could create an edible version of it. Lynn Put over at The Queen's Scene created adorable owl boxes for a Valentine's Day craft. 

I took one look at the box and knew I had to re-create it out of cheese slices. I know my mind works in mysterious ways. I've been developing recipes for our upcoming witch and wizard themed Halloween party, and owls fit the bill perfectly. I can't wait for my guests to see my newest work of edible art. While Lynn's medium of choice is card stock and colorful paper, mine is Cheddar, American, Co-Jack, and Provolone cheeses along with two jumbo black olives.  Using Lynn's owl as a guide, I was easily able to create my own version out of cheese. I always serve some sort of cheese at our parties and think this will be the most impressive cheese display I've ever served.  Usually I just cut cheese slices into shapes using cookie cutters, which is fun, but not as exciting as this creation. I'll be sure to make a few of these owls for our party.  I do find that the guests who arrive early worry about disturbing some of my works of art and I will want them to dig in and enjoy the cheese. I'll probably also make owl shaped crackers using this recipe I used to make my Cackling Crackers..


 Cheese Slice Owls for Halloween (serves 6-10)

Ingredients:

3 slices American cheese
4 slices Co-Jack cheese
2 slices Sharp Cheddar cheese
1 slice Provolone Cheese
2 jumbo black olives

Special Equipment Needed:

knife or kitchen shears
round cookie cutters (1 1/2", 2", and 3")
optional: small oval and tear drop cookie cutters

Instructions:

Use a knife or kitchen shears to cut a slight curve out of a slice of American cheese.  Repeat with two more slices.  Lay one slice with curve side down on your serving platter.  Just above it lay two slices on top of each other with the curved side up.

Cut two little ovals out of a slice of Cheddar cheese using a cookie cutter, knife, or kitchen shears and lay the ovals over the bottom curve to make the owl's feet.  Use a 1 1/2" round cookie cutter to cut three circles out of Co-Jack cheese.  Set them in a row just above the feet. 


Cut three more circles of Co-Jack cheese and set them in a row just above the first row of circles. Cut 8 more circles of Co-Jack cheese. Then cut each of the circles in half.  Begin layering them, offsetting the rows as you go to form the owl's feathers. Make four rows, with either three or four feathers.


Cut a beak using a knife or a small tear drop cookie cutter.  Set it just above the top layer of feathers. Use a 2" round cookie cutter to cut two circles out of Provolone cheese. Set above and just over the top edge of the beak.  Use a 3" round cookie cutter to cut one circle out of Cheddar cheese. Cut the circle in half and attach at the sides of the owl for the wings.  In order to get your olives to sit nicely on the cheese, cut off a slice on one side creating a flat surface. Set the olives on the Provolone cheese circles to create the pupils of the owl's eyes.

Serve with crackers.  You can make this edible art up to a day ahead of your party.  Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. I would suggest you add the olive eyes just before serving. 
If you like this recipe, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. I really appreciate being Stumbled Upon and Pinned, and am always grateful to those of you that share my ideas on your website. I do request that you don't post my entire tutorial, but rather share a picture with a link. If you make this recipe, I'd love for you to send me a photo to beth@hungryhappenings.com so that I can share it here. Thank you for visiting Hungry Happenings

- Beth
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15 comments:

  1. this is quite a good idea!! WOW! - we are having some people over this weekend from our kids' school and I am doing some of your themed halloween stuff...excited!

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  2. Thanks Trish. So happy to hear your are making some of my Halloween recipes. I'd sure love to see some pics! Hope you and the kids have fun in the kitchen.

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  3. What a fun owl! He turned out really great and just perfect for a cheese tray!

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  4. Cutest idea for a cheese tray ever! I am so pinning this. Visiting from Pin Inspirational Thursdays. Vicky from www.messforless.net

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  5. I love this owl! May I share an image on my party site KidsParties123.com and send folks to you for details?

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  6. Thanks Cute, Vicky, and Kit.

    Kit, I'd be more than happy for your to share an image of my owl on your site. Thanks!

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  7. Fabulous! I'll let you now when it's live. I have some owl crafts to get ready for posting with it, so it may take some time :)

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  8. This is so cute! Just posted on our Fun Finds Friday. http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2011/10/fun-finds-friday_28.html

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  9. love the owls theme real cute you have some good idea

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  10. This is really cute for parties or get togethers. I truly believe that kids will be more open to eating food if it is presented in a fun way:)

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  11. Cheese Slice Owls for Halloween is really an indication of a talent and orginal thinking. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. What an adorable idea. Thank you!!

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  13. We are having a baby shower for my daughter, theme is owls.....this is perfect! THANKS!

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    1. I hope you have a lovely shower. Congrats to your daughter:)

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