It was the most popular dish on the Christmas party table. Beforehand, I placed strips of paper towels along side the tree to mop up the excess oil from the pesto. I removed the towels before leaving the house. It made for a neater presentation. I used a cheese stick I had on hand and rolled it in chopped fresh chives. It gave the trunk a realistic look of needles. I had to lightly press them in so they would adhere, but the look was worth the extra step.
Ingredients of Cheesy Christmas Tree Recipe
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
1/2 cup pesto
1/4 cup chopped red peppers
1 stick KRAFT POLLY-O TWIST-UMS String Cheese
Preparation of Cheesy Christmas Tree Recipe
1.CUT block of cream cheese diagonally in half. Arrange both halves, with points together, on serving plate to resemble Christmas-tree shape.
2.CUT a 2-inch piece from the string cheese. Place at bottom of tree for the trunk. Wrap up remaining cheese; refrigerate until ready to use for snacking or other use.
3.SPOON pesto over cream cheese; sprinkle with peppers. Serve as a spread with the crackers.
Cheesy Christmas Tree Recipe
Prep Time: 10 min/Total Time: 10 min/Makes: 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers
Source - kraftfoods.com
Category: Christmas Recipes