Appetizer Cheese Trees or Snowmen

Recipe by Crabbycakes
READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
YIELD: 7 Cups
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Mix cream cheese and Cheddar cheese; divide in half.
  • Mix pesto into one half; mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into other half.
  • Cover each half and refrigerate about 4 hours or until firm enough to shape.
  • Place cheese mixtures on cookie sheet.
  • Shape each half into cone shape to look like Christmas tree.
  • Roll trees in parsley, pressing evenly onto trees.
  • Press bell pepper pieces onto trees to form ornaments.
  • Press pine nuts onto trees in string to form garland.
  • Top each tree with star-shape cut from lemon peel, if desired.
  • Serve with crackers.
  • For Snowman Cheeseball: above recipe enough for one large snowman or two small snowmen.
  • Omit parsley, pine nuts and bell pepper.
  • Mix cream cheese and Cheddar cheese; divide into 3 equal parts.
  • Mix 2 parts to equal two-thirds of mixture;mix in pesto.
  • Mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into remaining one third of cheese mixture.
  • Refrigerate as directed.
  • Shape each cheese mixture into two balls; roll 1/3 cup finely chopped blanched almonds.
  • Arrange balls on serving plate with smaller ball on top for head of snowman; press together slightly.
  • Insert pretzel sticks for arms.
  • Decorate as desired, with capers (for eyes), sliced olives (for buttons), chopped carrots (for nose), sliced cucumber (for hat a thin slice for brim a chunk for top), chopped bell pepper (for mouth) and fresh thyme leaves (for scarf).
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