Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree

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!

Ingredients

Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Ingredient Checklist

Time Details

    PREP : 15 mins

    COOK : 2 hrs

    TOTAL : 2 hrs 15 mins

    SERVING : 20

    YIELD : 20 servings

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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  • Stand the ‘tree’ upright and remove the plastic wrap. Cover the visible portion of the ‘tree’ with 1/4 cup basil and parsley.

  • Gently wrap the ‘tree’ with a fresh sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Per Serving: 100 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 0.8g; fat 9.5g; cholesterol 29.9mg; sodium 121.6mg.