Cheesenstein

Looks creepy, tastes delicious. This creamy, fun dip will be the hit of your Halloween party.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cartons (4 ounces each) whipped cream cheese
  • Moss-green paste food coloring
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained
  • 2 pepperoncinis
  • 3 colossal ripe olives
  • 2 slices peeled parsnip
  • Black decorating gel
  • 1 pretzel rod
  • 1 small cucumber
  • Assorted fresh vegetables

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise,Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce until smooth. Stir in the cheddar cheese, bacon and onions. Shape into a 5-in. x 4-in. x3-in. rectangle; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Unwrap rectangle; place on a serving platter with a 3-in. side on top. Tint whipped cream cheese green; spread over top and sides of rectangle.
  3. Add chopped ripe olives for hair and pepperoncinis for ears.Cut one colossal olive in half; add parsnip slices and olive halves for eyes. With black decorating gel, pipe the brow, mouth and stitches.
  4. Break pretzel rod in half; add a colossal olive to each end.Press into sides of head for bolts. Cut a small piece from end of cucumber for a nose (save remaining cucumber for another use).Serve with vegetables. Yield: 3 cups.

Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home magazine. Visit TasteofHome.com for more recipes using leftover Halloween candy.

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