Gingerbread Meat House
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 large cardboard box
  • 3 pieces of parchment paper
  • 3 packages cream cheese, warmed
  • 1 thick pepperoni stick (for the chimney)
  • 4 Mission Meats beef sticks (for the door and window frames)
  • 5 slices bacon (for sticking onto the house and the wreath)
  • 1 package mini pepperoni (for the roof)
  • 1 package salami (for sticking onto the house)
  • 3 slices cheddar cheese (for the windows and doors)
  • 1 slice of ham, cut into ½ inch squares (for the walkway)
  • 1 package mini mozzarella balls (for the lining of the walkway)
  • 1 package medium mozzarella balls (for snowman)
  • Whole Peppercorns (for the snowman)
  • Freshly powdered Parmesan cheese (for the snow falling)
Instructions
  1. Find a gingerbread house shape you want to replicate online. Cut the cardboard box into the gingerbread house. Cut one large square to set the house onto. Tape the house onto the base cardboard piece. Cover the base and the house with parchment paper and tape to secure (or the cardboard will get soggy).
  2. Heat the cream cheese so it is warm and easy to spread. Spread a thick layer all over the base and the house.
  3. Place the bacon onto a cookie sheet with edges. Lay 4 slices long, form one slice into a found shape to make a wreath. Place into a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
  4. Start with the roof. Cut a large pepperoni stick into a one inch piece and slice the bottom at an angle so it fits onto the angle of the roof. Use a toothpick to secure the chimney onto the roof. Place the mini pepperoni slices onto the roof like shingles.
  5. Cut the cheese into a 2 inch by one inch piece for the door. Place the door into the center of the front of the house. Cut another slice of cheese into 1 by one inch slices and place on the sides of the house for the windows. Measure and cut the beef sticks into frames for the windows and door. Secure with toothpicks around the windows and door.
  6. Place the salami onto the cream cheese around the house, you can use different types of salami to make it more decorative. Add 2 slices of bacon on each side of the house. Place the round bacon wreath above the door.
  7. Cut the ham into ½ inch by ½ inch squares and place in front of the house for a walkway. Line the walkway and the house with mini mozzarella balls.
  8. Make a snowman with the medium sized mozzarella balls and one small mozzarella ball for the head. Make a hat for the snowman by slicing the thick pepperoni stick into a thin slice for the base of the hat and a thicker slice for the top of the hat. Carve the top part of the hat so it is a bit smaller than the base (see the photo). Use peppercorns for the eyes and buttons.
  9. Sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan over the house for fresh snow look! Enjoy!
Notes
Nutritional Information (includes toppings, not cream cheese):
134 calories, 11g fat, 10g protein, 0.3g carbs, 0g fiber
Recipe by Maria Mind Body Health at https://mariamindbodyhealth.com/gingerbread-meat-house/