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Recipe Wednesday - Christmas Tree Cheeseball

Looking to WOW your holiday guests? This appetizer is as good looking as it is tasty.

10 oz cream cheese, room temperature

4 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese

4 green onions, chopped

14-ounce jar diced pimentos, drained

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper


12 cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1 yellow bell pepper cut into a star and small squares

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Assorted crackers

Beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy.

Add remaining ingredients, from cheddar cheese to the black pepper, and beat until combined.

Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Using plastic wrap, roll and press the cheese ball mixture into the shape of a Christmas tree (6 inches wide by 10 inches tall).

To decorate, garnish first with the cherry tomato halves, then cover the tree with parsley. Add the almonds like garland around the tree and alternate the small yellow peppers to add variety in depth and color with the tomatoes.

Placing Christmas tree on a serving platter, top the tree with a bell pepper star and sprinkle with Parmesan 'snow' all over to great effect.

Serve surrounded by crackers and for that special holiday touch, add a few chocolate covered pretzels. This is a party delight!


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