Shape cheese spread into a tree and decorate with avocado, olives and peppers to make this festive appetizer tree.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 28 servings
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese, divided
1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/2 cup chopped avocado s
2 Tbsp. sliced black olives
1 Tbsp. chopped red pepper s
2 thin wheat snack crackers
RITZ Snowflake Cracker s
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Let's Make It
Mix cream cheese, 1/2 cup shredded cheese and seasoning mix; spread into Christmas tree shape on 10-inch plate. Top with sour cream to within 1/4 inch of edges. Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese around edges. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Remove cheese spread from refrigerator about 15 min. before serving. Decorate with avocados, olives and peppers to resemble garland, lights and ornaments. Place crackers at bottom of tree for the trunk.
Serve with the RITZ Crackers.
Since this seasonal spread makes 28 servings, it's great to serve at a special occasion, such as a family party.
Top this festive tree-shaped holiday spread with a red pepper star. Just cut a piece of red pepper into a star shape using a 1-1/2-inch star-shaped cookie cutter. Or, cut the star from a KRAFT Singles.
Substitute prepared guacamole for the chopped avocados. Use a small spoon to make the garland with the guacamole. Or, spoon guacamole into a small reasealable plastic bag. Cut a small piece from 1 bottom corner of bag and use to pipe the guacamole onto the cheese spread.
Ripe avocados will turn brown on standing. To help prevent them from darkening, toss them with fresh lemon juice before draining and using as directed.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 12g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
28 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers 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.