O Christmas Tree

Browse the produce aisle and you'll find that there's a bunch of jewel-toned fruits and vegetables fit for decorating a Christmas tree. I like to use multicolored bell peppers and pomegranate seeds, but you can use whatever you're inspired by. Star fruit, of course, is the natural choice for a tree-topper.

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
2 hr

Yield:
12 to 15 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs, such as dill, oregano, and/or thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped, for coating
  • Red, orange, or yellow bell pepper bits, 1 slice star fruit, and pomegranate seeds, for decorating
  • Crackers and crudites, for serving
Directions
  • Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, mix together the cream cheese, herbs, garlic, mustard, and salt until combined. Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  • Before serving, form the ball into a tree shape -- like an egg shape, but pointier on top. Roll the tree-shaped ball in the parsley, reshaping it with your hands as necessary. Decorate with bits of bell peppers and pomegranate seeds. Top with the slice of star fruit.

  • Serve with crackers and crudites.


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