Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins
This will stop people in their tracks at any Christmas party or buffet. You need a styrofoam tree (from the craft store). I got this idea from a Gooseberry Patch Christmas book about 10 years ago, and use this for any buffet or party we go to. You will also need a piece of cardboard, toothpicks and foil. Encourage guests to eat the "tree." They may not want to at first.
- 24 cherry tomatoes
- 24 pitted black olives
- 14 cocktail onions
- 24 pitted green olives
- 12 sweet pickles
- 18 italian peppers
- 34 medium pre- cooked shrimp
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cups parsley
- Allow cream cheese to come to room temperature.
- Cover stryrofoam tree base with plastic wrap. Pull tightly and make it smooth.
- Using a frosting knife or spatula, cover the entire tree with cream cheese (not the bottom).
- Layer ingredients starting at the bottom, one row per ingredient.
- Stick a toothpick into the foam and attach the food item to the toothpick.
- Make layers even
- I usually start with cherry tomatoes on the bottom since they are tought enough to hold the weight of the next item.
- Layer the foods in the color combination you like.
- You may repeat layers.
- cover any holes with parsley.
- Buy an inexpensive small star for the top.
- Refrigerate until serving.
- Cut a 22" piece of cardboard.
- Cover it with foil.
- Put the tree in the center and scatter crackers and a couple of bowls of cocktail sauce at the base.
- Encourage guests to eat the tree. They may not want to "ruin" it. Please tell them it's okay.
I can't say I had your recipe, but I make the same thing every christmas holiday. Mine came from a craft book from up north years ago. It is a wonderful recipe and not hard at all. Mine didn't have shrimp, but broccoli, but the shrimp is a great idea. Fun and really a nice presentation. I'll be sure to try the shrimp this year.