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Christmas Cheese Tree

Ingredients

Cheese Ball

  • 2 8oz blocks cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 16 oz pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 16 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • garlic salt and black pepper to taste

Toppings

  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup pimento peppers diced small
  • 1/4 cup pretzel sticks
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds

Sides

  • 1 cup crackers

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine softened cream cheese, lemon juice, shredded cheeses, and spices.
  • Use an electric mixer or clean hands to thoroughly mix everything together, then form into a ball.
  • Transfer the cheese ball to a baking sheet lined with foil to prevent it from sticking; shape the cheese ball into a cone to resemble a Christmas tree shape.
  • Wrap the cheese tightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Next, press the topping ingredients to the surface of the cheese to decorate like aChristmas tree.
  • Serve with crackers or veggies to dip and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe created and prepared by Chef McKenzie
Note: You may use any kind of shredded cheese, add-ins, and spices desired, the Christmas Cheese Tree pairs well with bread, crackers, or any type of veggie; the possibilities are endless!