Cheese Ball Santa

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Cheese Ball Santa
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  1. 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  2. 4 ounces Grated Sharp Cheddar cheese
  3. 1 tablespoon softened butter
  4. 1 tablespoon minced onion
  5. 1 clove minced garlic (optional)
  6. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  7. 1/2 teaspoon tomato paste
  8. Black pepper, to taste
  9. Red bell pepper
  10. 1 to 2 cups whipped cream cheese
  11. Radish slice, carrot stick, pretzel, black olives, crackers, and a cherry tomato
  1. Make Santa's face by blending the first eight ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spoon the mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap and shape it into a ball.
  2. Tightly wrap the cheese and chill it for 1 hour. Unwrap the cheese ball and place it on a large serving tray.
  3. Drape new plastic wrap over the cheese, then flatten and shape it into a face. Remove the wrap and turn the red pepper upside down for Santa's hat.
  4. Spoon the whipped cream cheese into a sealable pint-size plastic bag. Seal the bag and make a small snip in a lower corner to create a pastry bag.
  5. Use piped-on whipped cream cheese to stick a radish-slice pom-pom to the hat. Pipe on more cream cheese for a hatband, eyebrows, and a beard.
  6. Press on a carrot nose, a pretzel mouth, olive eyes, and cracker ears. Add cherry tomato halves for rosy cheeks. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
  7. Kids' Steps: Shaping Santa's face and then decorating it with vegetable features are perfect jobs for little helpers.
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