I use this recipe, too! It's the best, in my opinion. You can make these up to one month ahead of time: make the recipe and shape it (steps 1-5), then wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it for up to one month. To thaw: place them in the fridge (keep them wrapped) for about 12 hours. Just before serving, garnish as above. I also like to add a bit of kale to make a skirt for the trees.
Made the trees for our holiday potluck and they were a big success. Nice flavors. I made one tree with the cheddar, mustard, onion and hot sauce. The second tree with the pesto and mozzarella cheese sprinkling with parmasaen cheese for a "snow" effect. Very tasty!
Easy to make, and really pretty on the buffet table. It also tastes great!
This recipe is wonderful. It was the show stopper at two Christmas suppers! I made two small snowmen though. I used black olives for the hat, buttons, eyes, and mouth, carrots (cut) to make the arms and nose and parsley for the scarf. Fun to make, great to eat!