Ahoy, mateys! Grab your cutlasses and hoist the Jolly Roger because September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and we’re here to help you celebrate in style. This year, we’re adding a twist to your pirate-themed soirée with a deliciously daring recipe: the Skull Cheeseball. Avast, ye landlubbers, for this cheesy delight, will have your crew saying “Arrr!” in no time.
Why Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day?
Before we dive into the details of the Skull Cheeseball, let’s set the stage for this seafaring celebration. Talk Like a Pirate Day, created by John Baur and Mark Summers in 1995, is a whimsical holiday where people around the world embrace their inner buccaneer. It’s a day to swap your everyday vocabulary for hearty “Yo ho hos” and “Shiver me timbers!” While it’s not an official holiday, it’s an excellent excuse to have some fun, channel your inner Captain Jack Sparrow, and indulge in pirate-themed activities and treats.
Creating the Skull Cheeseball
Now, let’s get down to the business of creating the Skull Cheeseball. This appetizer is not only a flavorful addition to your pirate-themed gathering but also a showstopper that will impress your fellow scallywags.
The Parmesan works well with this but is optional. If you are going to use Parmesan, don’t use the kind that comes in the cardboard tube. If you have other cheeses in your cheese box, feel free to include them.
Serving the Cheeseball
You can put the cheeseball on a small plate and surround it with wavy crackers. Plain Pringles look like waves when placed around the skull. The chips are not sturdy enough to be used for the cheese but are there for decoration only. If you have a blue or turquoise serving plate, you can use it to make it look like the skull is surrounded by water.
For a Halloween dish, you could add it to a cheese plate or surround it with vegetables or fruits of your choice.
Skull Cheeseball Recipe
- 8 oz Cream Cheese
- ¼ lb Gorgonzola
- 4 tablespoons Parmesan , shaved
- 2 tablespoons Dried cranberries
- ¼ cup Walnuts
- 2 teaspoons Black Sesame Seeds
- 1/4 cup WalnutsReserve 2 walnuts to make the skull’s teeth
- 8 oz Cream Cheese, 1/4 lb Gorgonzola, 4 tablespoons Parmesan, 2 tablespoons Dried cranberries, 1/4 cup WalnutsIn a stand mixer, combine the cheeses, cranberries and remaining walnuts. Mix thoroughly.
- Cheeses in the mixer
- Put strips of wax paper on a nice serving dish to keep the dish clean. You will be removing it after decorating the skull.
- Shape the cheese ball into a skull, making impressions for the eyes and mouth.
- 2 teaspoons Black Sesame Seeds, 1/4 cup WalnutsPour black sesame seeds carefully into the eye sockets. Use the remaining walnuts for teeth.
- Remove the wax paper. Stick toothpicks about a quarter of the way into the cheese and cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve, then remove the toothpicks. You can put crackers around the skull to look like waves.
This is a great way to use up bits of cheese in your refrigerator.
1 The Parmesan works well with this, but is optional. If you are going to use Parmesan, don’t use the kind that comes in the cardboard tube.
2 Plain Pringles look like waves when placed around the skull. They are optional. The chips are not sturdy enough to be used for the cheese but are there for decoration only.