Originally, I planned to make a Cheese Ball Turkey.
But the cheese ball looked so cute after shingling it with sliced almonds, I stopped at hedgehog.
Two peppercorns make the eyes.
Lots of crackers make for scooping.
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese cut into several chunks
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces cream cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Mix cheese, Worcestershire sauce, cream cheese, lemon juice, garlic, salt and Cayenne pepper in a food processor until fully blended.
Scoop blended cheese mixture into a bowl. Get hands slightly damp and pat the cheese mixture into the shape of a ball.
Set the ball on a platter or serving plate.
“Shingle” the shaved almonds over each other in rows. I sifted through the bag to find the most even shaped sliced almonds, but all that rustic is rather charming.
Charming like a hedgehog made of cheese.
Set the cheese ball in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to firm up.
Before serving, press peppercorns in the front for eyes.
I like to serve it with plain crackers.