Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball recipe + Veggie Christmas Tree

Appetizers · Recipes · December 19, 2017

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The holidays are the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen, especially when you have a house full of kiddos. We’re constantly hosting, volunteering or attending parties and get togethers where food is the centerpiece. While I usually shy away from the salads and veggie platters, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this adorable veggie christmas tree. It’s festive, healthy and surprisingly easy to make! It was also something the kids loved helping me make which allowed for more mom and kid time in the kitchen.

This cute little tree made it fun for the kids to snack on veggies all night long… even with candy and cookies everywhere! You can pile up whatever vegetables and crackers you want at the bottom of the tree.

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With opportunities left and right to be in the kitchen creating, we love getting the kids involved. Sure, things can get crazy this time of year but the holidays are the best time to get the kids involved and make some fun Christmas memories together. It’s become quite the tradition to give kids cooking and baking assignments this month and to spend more time with them not only in the kitchen, but whenever possible. With all the family get togethers and dinners, it’s our favorite time of year simply because there is more efforts made to spend as a family. 🙂


Here’s what you’ll need to make the Veggie Christmas Tree:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (8-10 inch) styrofoam craft cone
  • plastic wrap
  • 1 container toothpicks
  • 4 medium-large heads of broccoli
  • 1 medium carton cherry tomatoes
  • 1 (1/4-inch thick) slice cheddar cheese
  • celery, bell peppers, carrots

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Begin by rinsing all veggies and chopping up the broccoli, celery and bell peppers.
  2. Wrap the styrofoam cone with a double layer of plastic wrap. Starting at the base of the cone, insert toothpicks into the cone, then attach vegetables. Place one toothpick on top. Cut a star out of the cheese using a mini cookie cutter or a knife. Carefully place on top.
  3. Arrange remaining vegetables around the base of the tree. Serve with the bacon ranch cheese ball or your favorite Marzetti® Veggie Dip. ENJOY!

Veggie Christmas Tree

Instead of serving this with a bowl of dip, I paired this festive centerpiece with a delicious bacon ranch cheese ball made with Marzetti® Veggie Ranch Dip. You can find it in the refrigerator aisle right next to all of the produce you’ll need to make the tree. You’ll need about 1/3 cup of the creamy, rich dip to mix into the cheese ball.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

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Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese, cold NOT room temperature
  • 1/3 c. Marzetti Ranch Dip
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 c. chopped bacon, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, ranch dip, shredded cheddar, 3 tablespoons chopped bacon, garlic powder, paprika, parsley and pepper. Using a handled mixer, mix just until combined.

  2. Roll mixture into a large ball, or two smaller balls. Roll in remaining bacon.

  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

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I hope you’ll love this veggie christmas tree as much as we did- it was a hit with everyone!

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Delicious and easy Bacon Ranch cheese ball recipe using Marzetti Dips. This simple and tasty appetizer is perfect for your next party!
Veggie Christmas Tree - a fun, simple and cute idea for any holiday party!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Marzetti Veggie Dips. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Rosie

I love these dips with carrot and fennel veggie sticks!

Catherine Lee

I love Marzetti dips! My hubby nearly lives off them, what a great way to have him try something new and exciting!

Crystal Inman

I love the dips with celery. I’m allergic to carrots, but I love the crunch.

Alyssa Holmes

On salads or crusty bread

Mary Ann Hentschell

I love the Marzetti Carmel dip……

Bonnie Reemsnyder

I like Marzetti ranch just straight on raw veggies.

Mackenzie

I totally love the veggie tree idea! And Marzetti dips are awesome! We usually just eat it as it comes (dunk raw veggies in the dip) but turning it into a cheese ball sounds fun too. Definitely have to give this a try sometime.

Rebecca

I like the veggie dip and the poppy seed dressing, but nothing says “fall” like the yummy caramel dip with apple slices. It’s my fave, and I enjoy it even when it’s not fall!!

Teri Spoor

I love to snack so on Christmas Day we do a snack tray for lunch! It’s fun and easy and everyone is happy. Love to make this cheese ball this year 🙂

Amanda

WowWee! This veggie tree and cheese ball look amazing! My daughter and I have decided to attempt it on Christmas Eve! As much as we love Marzetti veggie dips, our favorite is their yogurt dip for fruit!

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