Antipasto Cheese Ball Christmas Tree Recipe

Antipasto Cheese Ball Christmas Tree Recipe

How To Make Antipasto Cheese Ball Christmas Tree

This tasteful and aesthetically pleasing cheese ball will be the center piece of your Christmas dinner. Whip up this cheese snack in just 30 minutes!

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking:
Total: 30 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Dip:

  • 4cupscream cheese,softened
  • ½cupsun-dried tomatoes,chopped
  • ½cupred bell peppers,or capsicum, diced
  • ¼cupdill pickles,finely diced
  • ¼cupchives,chopped
  • ¼cupparsley,chopped
  • 1tbsponion powder
  • 2tspgarlic powder
  • salt,to taste, if desired

For Decorations:

  • cupsolives,pitted, mixed, like a variety of black, green and Kalamata olives, dried with paper towel
  • ½cupsun-dried tomatoes,chopped, dried with paper towel
  • rosemary leaves,or sprigs
  • Ritz,or wafer crackers or pretzels, for serving
  • salami slices,for serving
  • prosciutto slices,for serving

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, red bell peppers, dill pickles, chives, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Mix until well combined.

  2. Place a piece of non-stick plastic wrap on a clean bench top or work surface.

  3. Scoop the cream cheese mixture out onto the plastic wrap, then completely cover with another piece of wrap.

  4. Use hands to mold the cream cheese into a tree shape.

  5. Then, carefully pick up the tree with one hand and peel off the plastic wrap on the bottom of the tree with the other hand.

  6. Place the tree straight onto a serving plate.

  7. Use a cake spatula to smooth the edges.

  8. Decorate with olives, sun-dried tomatoes and rosemary leaves, lightly pressing each element into the cream cheese to ensure they stay on.

  9. Brush with some sun dried tomato oil from the jar, if desired.

  10. Top with a star cut out of a yellow or orange bell pepper or a thick slice of cheese.

  11. Serve with crackers of choice, salami and prosciutto slices rolled up, and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Calories: 325.27kcal
  • Fat: 28.75g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.55g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.89g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.76g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.07g
  • Fiber: 1.25g
  • Sugar: 3.92g
  • Protein: 11.08g
  • Cholesterol: 94.00mg
  • Sodium: 957.50mg
  • Calcium: 92.19mg
  • Potassium: 369.96mg
  • Iron: 1.53mg
  • Vitamin A: 263.16µg
  • Vitamin C: 10.54mg
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