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How to Make a Cheese-and-Crackers Christmas Tree

Skip the same old cheese plate and serve this impressive-looking (and tasting) tree made of cheese instead.

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Gather 'Round

This might look like the kind of cheesy centerpiece only an experienced food crafter could pull off, but it's actually deceptively easy. Learn it's assembled in ten simple steps.

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Everything You Need

Here's what you need to make this impressive holiday appetizer: cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, shredded Cheddar cheese, a large pretzel rod, chopped fresh parsley, smaller pretzel sticks, mini buttery crackers, sliced almonds and pomegranate seeds.

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Make the Cheeseball

Combine the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon zest, shredded cheddar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. 

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Give the Tree Structure

It won't look like a tree to start — don't panic. First you have to give it structure. Mound some of the cheese ball mixture on the plate, enough to support the large pretzel rod. 

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