Bald Eagle Cheeseball (Bald Eagle / American Eagle Day!)
Updated: Aug 25, 2020
For Bald Eagle Day, I decided to make a version of Bald Eagle Cheeseball I saw on Pinterest. It was so cute & funny! This is an easy fun appetizer that is perfect for Bald Eagle Day or perhaps other more common holidays like Indepenence Day / July 4th! Haha! :) I just saw a photo and came up with my own steps, so you can try it at home too! Also from the link, I couldn't tell who the post was from.
Bald Eagle / American Eagle Day
"American Eagle Day (June 20) is a special day to commemorate the anniversary of the Bald Eagle’s selection as our National Symbol, to celebrate its physical recovery to America’s skies, and to observe the American values, ideals and attributes for which it stands."
What I used:
- Almost 2 whole 8 oz. packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (I had just eaten part of 1 package; if you are just making it for a party -- use 2 or 3 packages)
- Pecans (for brown feathers; you could use walnuts if you want)
- Shredded cheddar (for white feathers on head. Other shredded white cheese would work. Note: I shredded my own cheese. If you have pre-shredded cheese, that's fine.)
- Pie crust colored with food coloring for beak and eyes
In the original, they used yellow bell pepper and olives for the eyes. I didn't have those.
What I did / Steps/Instructions:
If you have yellow bell pepper and olives or other things that would look like the eyes and beak, then use those.
First, I cut little pieces of pie dough and I colored them black for the eyes and added a little yellow for the beak. It is probably not necessary to color the beak as the pie crust becomes golden when it bakes anyways. I made a bunch of tiny pieces, so I would have different options to try. They are tiny pieces of pie crust that you can just eat the ones you don't use. Then I just baked them for a few minutes. Again, they are tiny pieces of pie crust, so they do not take that long to bake.
Making white feathers -- Not needed if you have shredded cheese
I shredded some cheese. When I was shredding, I used 2 parts of the shredder -- one super small pieces and the other small pieces, so there would be 2 kinds of feathers. :) If you have pre-shredded cheese that's fine. :)
Then I took the 2 cream cheese packages and sculpt it into the bust of a bald eagle. I used nitrile gloves, so the cream cheese wouldn't get stuck to my hands.
I added pecans around the bottom 2/3 to 3/4 for the brown feathers. Then I pressed in the beak and eyes and covered the top with the shredded cheddar (white feathers). That's it. I was taking photos, so it took longer, but if you have the ingredients, it takes 5-10 minutes to make and looks SO cute! Haha! :)
If you want to make a sweet version, you could use shredded coconut for the white feathers and chocolate or candy to make the eyes and beak.
Give it a try! We are good at this!