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Holiday Cheese Tree
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Holiday Cheese Tree

3 Hours 15 Minutes
15 Min Prep
3 Hr 15 Min Cook
O Christmas tree, how delicious are your branches! Especially when they're garlanded with pesto decorated with red peppers.
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24 servings
Original recipe yields 24 servings
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped red bell pepper s, divided
1 Tbsp. finely chopped onion s
2 tsp. LEA & PERRINS Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/4 cup CLASSICO Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce and Spread
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Let's Make It
1
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.
2
Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
3
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.
Kitchen 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.
Nutrition
Calories
120
Calories From Fat
0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
14%
Saturated Fat 6g
30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
10%
Sodium 160mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 1g
Dietary Fibers 0g
Sugars 1g
2%
Protein 3g
6%
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
8%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Servings
3 cups or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
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