Last night we were invited to a game night with friends. We were asked to bring an appetizer.
There are plenty of easy to eat appetizers to choose from, but I wanted to “go all out” and bring a themed dish. Unfortunately I’m not creative enough to come up with my own clever idea so I turned to the trusty internet. Most recipes I found were desert related – domino brownies, rice krispie treat billiards balls, etc. And then there was this die, made from cheese!
I’ve had cheese balls in the past and thought that this was a winner. The trick to making a cube instead of a ball is having enough time for the cheese to harden in a loaf pan. And to create the white exterior you “frost” the cube with more cream cheese. Stud it with black olives and you have yourself a die! (Mine wasn’t anatomically correct, but no one seemed to mind.)
Cheese Spread Cube
- 24 oz cream cheese, divided
- 2 C shredded Italian blend cheese
- 6 scallions, chopped
- 1 tbsp milk
- sliced black olives for decorating
- Mix together 16 oz cream cheese with shredded cheese and scallions. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place cheese in a plastic wrap lined loaf pan. Cover with more plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a minimum of 8 hours. You can do this the night before your party too.
- Remove cheese from the fridge and cut the loaf in half. Place one half on top of the other to create a cube. (Or make multiple smaller dice, whatever you decide.)
- Beat remaining 8 oz of cream cheese with the milk until smooth. (It’ll play a mind trick on you, thinking it’s marshmallow fluff or frosting!)
- As if you were frosting a cake, cover the die with the smooth cream cheese. Stud the 5 visible sides with olive slices.
- Serve with crackers or bread.
*This recipe was modified from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cheese-spread-dice*