Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min (includes freezing time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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8 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces sharp Cheddar 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne 

2 to 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce

3 scallions, sliced 

Juice of 1/2 lemon 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1/4 cup very finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill 

2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds 

Buttery crackers, such as Ritz, for serving 


Special equipment:
food processor
  1. Add the cream cheese, Cheddar, cayenne, Worcestershire, scallions, lemon juice and some salt and pepper to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is almost smooth; you still want a few bits of cheese in there. Remove with a rubber spatula to a piece of plastic wrap and wrap up the cheese mixture. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  2. Shape the cheese mixture with your hands into a Christmas tree/cone using the plastic wrap to keep it together. Mix the chopped parsley and dill together on a plate or work surface. Coat the shaped cheese in the chopped herbs.
  3. Transfer the cheese tree to the center of a platter. Decorate with the pomegranate seeds as ornaments. Serve with buttery crackers.