Antipasto Cheese Ball Christmas Tree
This Antipasto Cheese Ball Christmas Tree is a festive Appetizer that is easy, simple and perfect for Holidays!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 people
- 4 cups - Cream cheese
- 1 cup - Bell Peppers chopped (I have used red and green)
- 1/4 cup - Sun-dried tomatoes + 1/2 cup for decoration)
- 2 cups - Olives - Green, Black, and Kalamata
- 2 tsp - Italian Seasoning
- 2 tsp - Garlic Salt Adjust according to your liking
Step 1 - Mixing the ingredients
Take Cream cheese, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, bell peppers and half portion of sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl.
Mix everything well.
Step 2 - Moulding
To mould the tree out of your cream cheese dip, you’ll need to place a piece of plastic wrap down on your work surface first, then scoop out the prepared cream cheese mixture onto the plastic wrap.
Place another piece of plastic wrap over it to cover it and mould it with your hands until it forms a tree. (Refer a video).
Depending on the width of your plastic wrap, you may need a second piece to completely cover it so you don’t get dip all over your hands.
Shape the tree into a wider tree shape. It is more stable than the tall and thin tree.
If you find your cream cheese has softened too much and won’t hold its shape, refrigerate it until it thickens, around 30 to 40 minutes.
Step 3 - Decorate
After you’ve moulded it, transfer it into a serving tray and smooth it out using a cake spatula or knife.
Then decorate it with antipasto ingredients (3 different olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and rosemary).
Refrigerate it for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Use only full-fat cream cheese.
- Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. If it's chilled, you'll have a hard time mixing everything.
- This recipe can be made a day before serving, so it's great to make ahead for a party.
- You can use your choice of olives to decorate the tree.
- If you don't have olives or don't like the taste of it, skip it and decorate it with crushed nuts, candies or with any finely chopped veggies.
- Don’t feel constrained to the Christmas tree shape… play around with different shapes for your cheese ball, like football shaped for game day, a star for Christmas, or shape it in round to make a traditional cheese ball.
- You can also shape them in mini cheese ball bites. Instead of shaping the mixture into a Christmas tree, use a small ice cream scoop to form little balls, and decorate it with DICED olives and CHOPPED thyme. It will be a fun, portable party appetizer!
- You can also add some grated cheese in this recipe. I have skipped it this time.
- Use a butter knife for serving and speeding the cheese dip. I don’t know why so many of us try to just dive right in with a cracker always to find it broken in half.
- I have used Star ornaments as a tree topper. You can also use edible stars made from Cheese or bell pepper.
Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 572IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg