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Appetizers

Holiday Cheese Tree

Holiday Cheese Tree recipe
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My friend Carrie made this for a summer birthday. The party theme was "beachy". she made this in the shape of a palm tree with the pesto as the fronds of the tree. It tu...read more
posted by
hlmh23
on 7/23/2008
time
prep:
15 min
total:
3 hr 15 min
servings
total:
3 cups or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
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What You Need

2
pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2
Tbsp.  chopped red bell peppers, divided
1
Tbsp.  finely chopped onions
2
tsp.  Worcestershire sauce
1
tsp.  lemon juice
Dash  ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/4
cup  pesto

Make It

BEAT cream cheese and cheddar cheese in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add 1 Tbsp. of the bell peppers, the onions, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and ground red pepper; mix well. Cover.

REFRIGERATE several hours or overnight.

SPOON 2-1/2 cups of the cheese mixture onto large serving platter; shape into triangular shape to resemble a Christmas tree. Spoon remaining cheese mixture at the base of the triangle for the trunk. Decorate with the pesto and the remaining 1 Tbsp. bell peppers. Serve as a spread with RITZ Crackers.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Enjoy this rich appetizer, then balance it with cooked lean fish or poultry and hot steamed vegetables.
Substitute
Substitute KRAFT Shredded Swiss Cheese for the Cheddar cheese.
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