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This festive Christmas Tree Charcuterie board is sure to be the star of your holiday parties this year. The best part is it is so easy and fun to put together!
A Favorite Christmas Appetizer
Is it possible to have a Christmas party without a few delicious appetizers?! We think not!
Boards are our go-to for holiday parties, and this Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board is a favorite for so many reasons.
We love it because:
- Feed Many. They feed lots of guests and typically have a variety of foods.
- Quick + Easy. Most Charcuterie Boards are very simple to assemble and can be made in no time, making them perfect for busy holidays like Christmas.
- Can be Made Ahead. Anything that can be prepped in advance is a favorite in our books.
- Easy to Customize. Just all of your favorite veggies, crackers and snacks.
- Meats – salami, prosciutto, pepperoni and thinly sliced ham work well.
- Fruits – dried apricots, cherries, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, grapes,
- Vegetables – snap peas, pickles, cucumbers, carrots, and red and green bell peppers are all great choices.
- Cheeses – Mozzarella balls, Colby jack cheese cubes, and spicy pepper jack cheese are some of our favorites.
- Nuts – peanuts, cashews, walnuts, and flavored almonds.
Easy Steps For Assembly
- DIP BOWLS. You will want to start by placing some condiment bowls (or ramekins) at the bottom of your tray on either side of where the tree trunk will be.
- TRUNK. Assemble your trunk using some hard breadsticks.
- TREE. Build your tree starting with any ingredients you prefer. Remember that you will want your tree to be wider on the bottom and gradually get smaller as you reach the top of the pan.
- STAR. Thinly slice an orange and then using a star-shaped cookie cutter cut a star out of the slice. Place your star at the top of the tree and add some pomegranate arils on your tray for garnish as well.
- GARNISHES. You can also cut some stars out of lemon peels or cheddar cheese to add around your tray. Garnish with some rosemary sprigs or fresh herbs.
- We used pesto for the dip on our tray, but the possibilities are endless. Hummus, Homemade Ranch dressing, Dill Vegetable Dip, flavored mustard, and jam are all great choices.
- Pretzel sticks or crackers can be used instead of hard breadsticks for the trunk of the tree.
- There are so many choices for ingredients that you can add to your Christmas charcuterie board.
- MAKE AHEAD. Make your board in advance and tore perishable items in the fridge until you are ready to serve them.
- STORE. Leftovers can be stored separately with perishable items refrigerated as needed.
More of our favorite Christmas appetizers:
Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board Recipe
- large wooden cutting board
- toothpicks or serving prongs
- 1 cup pesto, representing “presents” placed at the bottom
- 1 cup hard breadsticks, to be the trunk of the tree
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese cubes
- 1/2 cup cucumber slices
- 1/2 cup crackers
- 1/2 cup pepperoni slices
- 1/2 cup white cheddar cubes
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup grapes, your favorite color
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup almonds, your favorite flavor
- orange slice cut into shape of a star for the tree topper
- peel a lemon and using a small cookie cutter cut star shapes for decor
- rosemary twigs to garnish between layers of the tree
- pomegranate arils can be scattered around for decor
- Place any condiment bowls on your tray keeping in mind the shape of the tree and how you start larger at the bottom and then slowly get smaller as you progress to the top of the tree.
- Place two bowls of pesto (representing “presents”) at the bottom.
- Use hard breadsticks to be the trunk of the tree.
- Start building the tree "branches" using layers from the ingredients on your list in whatever order you prefer. Remember to start wide and get smaller as you go up the tree.
- Place small bowls of little pickles and olives placed at the end of “branches” in a couple of spots.
- Garnish your tree with the orange star at the top, rosemary twigs in between layers of the branches and lemon stars and pomegranate arils scattered throughout.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.