Edible "Indoor" Snowman
Imagine serving this hors d'oeuvres at your next party: A snowman standing more than a foot tall, on a platter surrounded by raw vegetables or cocktail crackers. Guests will wonder what they’re supposed to do with him, until they dip into his luscious "snow" or cut into him for a chunk of his insides. Then they’ll keep returning for more, until the poor snowman is left looking like his brothers Frosty or Olaf on a bad day.
Here’s the recipe which is just one of 75 recipes in The Phony Gourmet, which is now at a low clearance price of $5 plus postage and handling. This hardback cookbook originally sold for $15.
Cream Cheese and Garlic Snowman
Serves 15 party animals
1 8-inch round loaf French bread
1 5-inch round loaf French bread
1 round French roll
2 8-ounce packages Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese (original) softened
2 teaspoons Lawry’s Garlic Powder Coarse Ground with Parsely
1 teaspoon Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/3 cup milk
¼ cup instant mashed potato flakes
1 leaf red cabbage (snowman’s scarf)
1 baby carrot (nose)
8 peppercorns (eyes and mouth)
5 coffee beans (buttons)
2 cinnamon sticks (arms)
1 cardboard toilet paper tube (hat)
1 square of black felt (hat)
1 (15-inch) wooden skewer (spinal column)
1. In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, garlic, seasoned salt, onion powder, and milk until smooth.
2. Place the larger loaf of bread on a large serving platter. Frost with half the cream cheese mixture. Stick the wooden skewer through the middle of the large loaf. Stick the medium-size loaf onto the skewer to make the second “snowball.” Frost the second ball, leaving enough cream cheese mixture to frost the third ball. Stick the French roll onto the skewer for the snowman’s head. Frost, and decorate, using items suggested in the ingredients.
3. After the snowman is decorated, shake the instant potato flakes all over him. They look just like snow and are remarkably tasty with the cream cheese “frosting.”
The Phony Gourmet came close to being a cooking show on television, but my sister and I weren’t willing to live five months out of the year in LA. Our six kids needed us at home. This video is the open from the pilot show.