The Egg "Penguins"

Posted on Jul 1 2009 - 10:19am by RetroRuth

001Happy Wednesday, everyone!  Time for the Mid-Century Menu, where normally I make something horrible from one of my vintage cookbooks and force my husband to eat it.  However, this week I decided to post a cute recipe just sent to me by Sablemable, which I just made for my open house.  Egg “penguins”.

Here is a picture of the penguins from a Better Homes and Gardens  cookbook that Sable scanned from her collection. I love this photo!  In fact, this is the look I was going for with my appetizer table for my housewarming party this weekend.  Well, like this except maybe a little more edible looking. 🙂  As it turned out, the only thing I really remembered to put out were the deviled eggs with the penguins.  I forgot everything else in the fridge! Oh, if only there would have been three of me at that party. Maybe then everything would have been done.

Anyway, I didn’t have this recipe, provided again by Sable, to help me with my penguins.  I just kinda had to throw something together. Recipe_001

I like the carrot “feet” idea, mine didn’t have feet, they just sat on their butts on the plate!

Anyway, sorry I didn’t take any step-by-step pictures this time.  I was so busy I forgot.  In any case, here is how I made my penguins:

Hardboiled Egg

Canned Black Olives



Take a deviled egg, tapered side up, and slice a bit off the bottom so it sits straight.  Then hold an olive on the tapered end of the egg and spear it all the way through the egg with a toothpick, so that it looks like a head. (If you want to get really crazy, you can tilt the head to make it look like the penguin is looking at the person standing in front of the tray. Or looking at the other egg penguins!)  Take another olive and quarter it the long way, making little “wings”.  Take a toothpick and cut it in half, then take a toothpick half and a “wing” quarter. Place the wing quarter where it looks the most natural (or as natural as it can on an egg) and push the pointed end of the toothpick through the wing into the egg. Push it in until the flat, cut end of the toothpick is flush with the wing edge. Repeat on the otherside, making sure the wings are reasonably straight.  Take another toothpick and cut off about 1/4 inch of the pointed end. Take the flat side of the cut toothpick bit and push it into the head, about where a beak should be.  Make sure enough of the pointed end sticks out so it actually looks like a beak.

Viola!  You have yourself an egg penguin!Race and Picnic 030

The verdict: Delicious with lots of salt!

This post has been submitted to the ColoradoLady’s Vintage Thingie Thursdays.  Hop on over there to take a look at the rest of the vintage goodness!

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18 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. sablemable July 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    LOL, your penguins sure are cute, Ruth! Nice platter in which to present them! What did you use for the beaks?

    I have to correct myself on the date of the BH&G Meals With A Foreign Flair cookbook: it was published in 1963 not 1960 like I thought I saw (need stronger readers).

    I feel badly about missing your open house, as Bob and I would have helped you with the food. Have another one and we’ll come with wings on!

    Speaking of horrible recipes, I think I’ll scan you some terrible sandwich ideas from my Nickles (Bread) Sandwich Book. Not sure when it was published (no date listed), but from the picture of the bread delivery truck shown, I’ll guess-ti-mate somewhere in the late Forties.

  2. Sara in AZ July 1, 2009 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    I wanna come help too!!!!! Super cute Penguins Ruth! Thanks for the recipe Sable.

  3. MaryBT July 2, 2009 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I have that same cookbook!

    I usually just make fun of the horrible food. It never occured to me that I could make my husband it eat!

    I love it! bwahahaha. 🙂

  4. Chasity July 2, 2009 at 8:59 am - Reply

    those penguins are ADORABLE…i want to make some right now!
    have a wonderful day

  5. marian July 2, 2009 at 9:00 am - Reply

    how hilarious but oh ssoo CUTE!!

  6. postcardy July 2, 2009 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Those are really cute, especially with that kind of plate.

  7. cheryl July 2, 2009 at 10:44 am - Reply

    what a great idea!!! Have a blessed day, cher

  8. Sarah July 2, 2009 at 11:18 am - Reply

    These are just too cute!

  9. viridian61 July 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    OMG! egg penguins! I MUST try this for the 4th – the kids will either love them or be frightened to death.

  10. ros Atwood July 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    O..M…G…. I have to try these, so retro!

  11. CC July 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Oh my!!!! I love the little penguins. They’re just the cutest. You know..way back in the day,I think they had more time than we do now to make all the fancy appetizers, but they are wonderful. Happy VTT and have a safe and lovely 4th. 🙂

  12. Carol @ Old Glory Cottage July 2, 2009 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    How adorable and yummy is that?! Going to snoop through the rest of your blog now…

  13. Coloradolady July 2, 2009 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    These are simply adorable. What a cute addition to a deviled egg display on the table. Your blog always has some great things to look at and ideas. Really fun.

    Have a great VTT and a wonderful holiday weekend.

  14. Sue July 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    I think they played with their food a lot more in the 60’s! Our version of tablescaping, perhaps? Your penguins DID turn out cute…

  15. Miri July 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Your Penguin eggs are adorable…I like them better without feet and the toothpick beak sounds much easier than the carrot one.

    Thanks: this is one of your mid-century recipes I may even try!:)

  16. Amy July 2, 2009 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    those are cute but sound very complex to make…

  17. fitty July 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I love your penguin.. super cute! hehehehehe looks like your penguins are ready for a dip in a dipping sauce! hehehehe

    happy VTT

  18. Bea July 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Those penguins are too cute.

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