Fun and easy to make, this savory puff pastry Christmas tree is filled with a combination of creamy goat cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto. It's so much easier to make than it looks and is guaranteed to get lots of oohs and aahs from guests! Serve warm or at room temperature.

Diana Moutsopoulos
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Combine sun-dried tomato pesto and goat cheese in a small bowl and stir well.

  • Unroll 1 puff pastry sheet onto the prepared baking sheet. Cut away 2 strips at the bottom of the sheet to form a tree trunk, about 1 inch wide and tall. Cut diagonally to the top of the puff pastry sheet to create a long triangular shape, removing excess pastry on either side.

  • Spread a thin layer of the pesto mixture over the pastry, all the way to the sides. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon Pecorino-Romano cheese on top.

  • Roll up the second puff pastry sheet and place at the tip of the triangle. Unroll carefully towards the bottom. Press down lightly and carefully cut away the sides to match the first triangle. Remove excess pastry.

  • Cut 2/3-inch thick branches into the sides of the triangle from both sides, leaving a space lengthwise in the center all the way from the trunk to the tip. Twist the branches away from you, trying to get in 2 turns on the lower branches. Continue moving up the tree, twisting away from you as you go.

  • Brush the entire tree with beaten egg. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon of Pecorino-Romano cheese and dried oregano.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet slightly.

Cook's Notes:

You can use cream cheese instead of spreadable goat cheese. You can also use basil pesto instead of sun-dried tomato pesto or spread.

If you like, you can cut a star out of the excess pastry and place on top of the tree, then brush with egg.

Nutrition Facts

355 calories; 24.8 g total fat; 25 mg cholesterol; 172 mg sodium. 27.6 g carbohydrates; 5.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
I used herbed cream cheese (garlic salt and parsley) and Parmesan cheese because its what I had on hand. It turned out amazing! I made it a second time using pesto and ricotta! Also delicious. There's so many varieties to make with this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
I used herbed cream cheese (garlic salt and parsley) and Parmesan cheese because its what I had on hand. It turned out amazing! I made it a second time using pesto and ricotta! Also delicious. There's so many varieties to make with this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
I used herbed cream cheese (garlic salt and parsley) and Parmesan cheese because its what I had on hand. It turned out amazing! I made it a second time using pesto and ricotta! Also delicious. There's so many varieties to make with this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2019
I did it several times and found I could put quite a lot of filling in it. Try cream cheese shredded cheddar sauted mushrooms and bacon. It's impressive and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2018
This turned out really cute. Easier than I thought it would be. If you like this kind of cheese (I really don t my husband does) then you will love it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2018
Everyone loved it. I sprinkled bacon bits on top as well as the Parmesan and Oregano just a couple tablespoons worth. So very good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2018
Easy quick & festive. I used goat cheese and tomato basil pesto per directions but I may try cream cheese next time as I always have that on hand. I added green dye to the egg before brushing it on top and the grated cheese over this made it look like a flocked tree. Guests loved it and it looked pretty; however it wasn t very good reheated the next day so that s one downside versus the Nutella version of this holiday offering. Loved it and would make again! Read More
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