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Antipasto Cheeseball Christmas Tree is a showstopper! Move over antipasto platters...this Christmas tree is even better! Not only is this cheeseball full of sun dried tomatoes, red bell peppers, chives and seasonings on the inside, the OUTSIDE is where it gets antipasto serious! Serve it on a platter with cold meats such as salami and prosciutto, PLUS crackers!


Servings

14

Total time

30 minutes

Cuisines

American

Courses

Appetiser


Ingredients

  • 4 cups cream cheese (softened)
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (chopped)
  • ½ cup red bell peppers (or capsicum ),, diced)
  • ¼ cup dill pickles (finely diced)
  • ¼ cup chives (chopped)
  • ¼ cup parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • salt (to taste, if desired )))
  • 1½ cups pitted mixed olives (i use a variety of black, green and kalamata olives, dried with paper towel)
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes (chopped, dried with paper towel )))
  • rosemary leaves (to decorate)
  • ritz (or pretzels, for serving)
  • salami slices (for serving)
  • prosciutto slices (for serving)


Method

  1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients for the dip and mix until the ingredients are well combined.
  2. Place a piece of non-stick plastic wrap on a clean bench top or work surface. Scoop the cream cheese mixture out onto the plastic wrap and completely cover with another piece of wrap (you may need two pieces to cover it).
  3. Use your hands to mould the cream cheese into a tree shape. Then, carefully pick up the tree with one hand and peel off the plastic wrap on the bottom of the tree with your other hand. Place the tree straight onto a serving plate.
  4. Use a cake spatula to smooth the edges. Decorate with olives, sun-dried tomatoes and rosemary leaves/sprigs, lightly pressing each element into the cream cheese to ensure they stay on. Brush with some sun dried tomato oil from the jar (optional but adds even more flavour)!
  5. Top with a star cut out of a yellow or orange bell pepper OR a thick slice of cheese.
  6. Serve with crackers of your choice, salami and prosciutto slices rolled up!ENJOY!
  7. View the recipe instructions at cafedelites.com

Contains allergens

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