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Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree


"This delicious cream cheese-based appetizer is a great addition to any holiday party and is always a hit with guests due to its festive look! I have typically made this recipe for parties with the light or reduced fat options instead of regular and everyone has said it tastes great and looks even better. After the tree has reached desired firmness, set it on your serving platter and top the tree with lemon peel cut into the shape of a star. Serve with your choice of crackers. Triscuits® or Wheat Thins® work great!"
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2 h 15 m servings 100 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings

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  1. Mix cream cheese, Havarti cheese, Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons basil, lemon zest, and garlic together in a bowl. Transfer cream cheese mixture to a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the plastic wrap around cream cheese mixture forming a cone shape, resembling a tree.
  2. Stand the 'tree' upright and remove the plastic wrap. Cover the visible portion of the 'tree' with 1/4 cup basil and parsley.
  3. Gently wrap the 'tree' with a fresh sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 100 calories; 9.5 g fat; 0.8 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; 30 mg cholesterol; 122 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This recipe is a great starting point for those who want to get creative. Loved the garlic and the lemon zest, they added a great little bite. We found it a little lacking on the cheese flavor s...

This turned out so cute and festive! I could see adding some tiny diced red & yellow pepper pieces as "ornaments" on the tree as well!

Was great & a made a really nice decorative snack!

This is a festive presentation. I do think it needs some extra sharp cheddar cheese, worcestershire, & bacon pieces for more flavor. I added the cut up red bell pepper for more presentation. I u...

I have made this for the past two years for Christmas. Everyone raves about it!

Delicious, festive and really versatile. I left out the lemon zest and added a little bit of prepared pesto--everyone loved it at the party and it attracted a lot of attention!

Fun recipe! My friends were very impressed. I added 2 tsp. of worcestershire for extra flavor & decorated my tweet with bacon lardons. The video was super helpful for making my tree. Will make a...