Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

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This mini Christmas tree of cheese is guaranteed to get your holiday party started. After shaping the goat cheese mixture into a cone shape, create a pine needle effect using freeze-dried chives. Decorate the cheeseball tree with a pine nut garland, dried cranberry ornaments, and a star-shaped cheddar cracker on top.

Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes
Yield
8 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
In a large bowl, mix together the goat cheese, pistachios, dried cranberries, orange zest, rosemary, maple syrup, salt, and pepper with a rubber spatula until well-combined. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 10–15 minutes before assembling. The cheese mixture can be made up to 1 day ahead. Refrigerate until ready to assemble and serve.
2. Step
To assemble, transfer the cheese mixture to a serving platter and, using gloved hands greased with nonstick spray, mold the mixture into a cone shape.
3. Step
Using dry hands, gently press the freeze-dried chives onto the cheese cone to adhere, making sure to coat the entire surface.
4. Step
Insert pine nuts into the cone in the pattern of a garland. Dot the “tree” with more dried cranberries for “ornaments”. Top with the star-shaped cracker.
5. Step
Serve with more crackers and crudités.
6. Step
Enjoy!

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