This year, why not add a touch of creativity to your festive spread with a festive Cheese and Olive Christmas tree made from Boursin cheese, olives, and rosemary?
This edible masterpiece is not just a feast for the eyes, it's also a delight for the taste buds.
It's an innovative way to bring the spirit of Christmas to your table, combining the rich, savory flavors of cheese and olives with the fresh, aromatic presence of rosemary.
Why You'll Love This Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree
- The Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree is not just an appetizer, but a festive centerpiece that will add a unique charm to your holiday decor.
- Combining the creamy richness of Boursin cheese with the tangy zest of olives and the aromatic freshness of rosemary, this appetizer offers a delightful symphony of flavors.
- You have the freedom to choose your favorite flavors of cheese and types of olives, making each tree uniquely suited to your personal taste preferences.
- This appetizer can easily be adapted to suit different dietary needs, such as using gluten-free or vegan cheese alternatives, making it inclusive for all your guests.
Equipment Needed to Make the Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree
Ingredients for Your Christmas Tree
- Boursin Cheese
- Black Pitted Olives
- Green Pitted Olives
- Fresh Cut Rosemary
- Sliced White Cheese
- Bread of your choice
How to Make A Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree
Place a piece of Saran Wrap on your cutting board or counter.
Open at least three packs of Boursin cheese. Open and place all Boursin cheese on top of the saran wrap.
Roll your cheese completely with the Saran Wrap. Next, form the cheese into a tree size shape.
Take your Boursin cheese out of the Saran Wrap and place on your charcuterie board or platter.
Starting at the bottom, place pitted green olives and black pitted olives around the tree. I like to alternate my colors to make it more festive. Continue to place the olives around the tree until you reach the top. You can choose to use toothpicks if you prefer to hold the olives in the cheese.
Cut small pieces of rosemary. Place rosemary in the open spaces between the olives around the tree. Use as much as you'd like.
Place your star cookie cutter on at least at least a one inch slice of white cheese.
Press down the cookie cutter on the cheese to make a star shaped slice of cheese.
Pull away the excess cheese.
Place the star cheese on top of your Cheese and Olive Christmas tree. You can either place it directly on the top or use a toothpick to hold it into place.
Place Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree on your charcuterie board or platter.
Place sliced bread or crackers around your platter. Serve and enjoy!
What to Serve with Your Christmas Tree
Consider pairing a Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board with your Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree. For a gluten-free option, vegetable crudités like cucumber slices, bell pepper strips, and carrot sticks are excellent.
For those who enjoy a sweet and savory mix, include some fruit like grapes, sliced pears, or figs. Small bowls of nuts or dried fruits can also add an extra layer of flavor and provide more options for your guests.
Consider serving classic holiday treats such as Christmas Themed Red Velvet Cakeballs or an Elf Themed Cookie and Candy Board, which add a seasonal touch. For a more elegant dessert, a selection of mini cheesecakes or chocolate truffles can be a hit.
Popular Substitutions and Additions
You can swap cheese and olives and use hummus, avocado spreads, or nut-based cheese alternatives which offer a similar creamy texture and rich flavor profile. For those who aren't fond of olives, pickled vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, or artichoke hearts can be delightful substitutes.
You can add a range of cured meats like salami or prosciutto, which add a savory depth or fresh and dried fruits, such as grapes, figs, or apricots to offer provide a sweet counterbalance to the salty flavors. You can also add assorted nuts like almonds or walnuts to offer a crunchy texture.
How to Store Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree
Best Way to Store Christmas Tree Leftover
If there are leftovers, dismantle the tree and store the cheese and olives separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
How Long Will Cheese and Olive Tree Last in Fridge?
An olive and cheese tray, when stored properly in the fridge, can maintain its quality for different durations depending on the types of cheese and how the olives are preserved.
Generally, hard cheeses like cheddar or Parmesan can last up to 3-4 weeks, while soft cheeses like brie or goat cheese are best consumed within 1-2 weeks.
Can I Freeze Christmas Tree?
Freezing is not recommended for the Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree. Freezing and then thawing can significantly alter the texture of the cheese and olives, making them less appealing and tasty.
What type of cheese works best for the Christmas tree?
Boursin cheese is ideal due to its creamy texture and rich flavor, but you can also use cream cheese or any soft, spreadable cheese of your choice.
Can I make the tree ahead of time?
Yes, you can assemble the tree a day in advance. Keep it refrigerated until you're ready to serve. Just be sure to cover it well to maintain freshness.
How can I make a vegan version of this appetizer?
For a vegan version, use vegan cream cheese and vegan cheese alternatives. Ensure that the olives and other ingredients are also vegan-friendly.
What are some variations I can try with this appetizer?
Feel free to experiment with different types of olives, colored cherry tomatoes, or edible decorations like pomegranate seeds or nuts to add more color and flavor.
Is this appetizer suitable for kids?
Absolutely! Kids often enjoy the fun shape and can even help in assembling the tree. Just ensure the olives are pitted to avoid any choking hazards.
CRAFTING A STUNNING CHEESE AND OLIVE CHRISTMAS TREE
- Charcuterie Board or Platter
- Saran Wrap
- Star Cookie Cutter
- 3 boxes Boursin Cheese
- Black Pitted Olives
- Green Pitted Olives
- Fresh Cut Rosemary
- 1 slice Sliced White Cheese
- 1 loaf Bread of Your Choice
- Place a piece of Saran Wrap on your cutting board or counter.
- Open at least three packs of Boursin cheese.
- Place all three packs of Boursin cheese on top of the saran wrap.
- Roll your cheese completely with the Saran Wrap. Form the cheese into a tree size shape.
- Take your Boursin cheese out of the Saran Wrap and place on your charcuterie board or platter.
- Start at the bottom and place pitted green olives and black pitted olives around the tree.
- I like to alternate my colors to make it more festive.
- Continue to place the olives around the tree.
- Cut small pieces of rosemary.
- Place small pieces of rosemary in the open spaces between the olives around the tree. Use as much as you'd like.
- Place your star cookie cutter on at least a one inch slice of white cheese.
- Press down the cookie cutter on the cheese to make a star shaped slice of cheese.
- Pull away the excess cheese.
- Place the star cheese on top of your cheese and olive Christmas tree.
- You can either place it directly on the top or use a toothpick to hold it into place.
- Place Cheese and Olive Christmas Tree on Platter.
- Place sliced bread or crackers around your platter.
- Serve and enjoy!
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