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Christmas Tree Cheese Platter

Are you looking for a fun yet simple appetizer idea for the holiday season?  I have a cheese tray that doesn't take long to put together and will be the perfect addition to your festive buffet. 

  • 1/2 lb / 200 g Cheddar Cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb / 200 g  Smoked Gouda Cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb / 200 g Monterey Jack Cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb / 200 g 200 g Swiss  Cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 lb (450 g) each seedless green and red grapes
  • 1 pkg (40 g) fresh thyme or rosemary sprigs
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 yellow pepper (use star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out tree-topper) 

  1. Arrange cheese cubes and grapes in rows on a large wooden board or platter in a Christmas tree shape.
  2. Add sprigs of greenery.
  3. Cut tree trunk (2 or 3 inches) from celery stalk and place at bottom of tree.
  4. Place star-shaped piece of yellow pepper at top of tree.

On Wednesday night we hosted a cooking class featuring Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies at Lepp Farm Market.  The guests enjoyed hot apple cider and appetizers while the cookie demonstrations took place.  We prepared a Christmas Tree Cheese Platter for them, using cheeses that the market deli had chosen and cubed for us in advance.   But one could substitute any cheese.  A small cheese ball also works well as a tree-topper.  Add the best crackers, and enjoy your party-worthy cheese platter!



  1. What a great idea!
    Have a nice weekend

  2. Oh I like the cutting board idea! As you may remember, I followed your lead last year, but didn't have the proper presentation. The cutting board works!

  3. What a nice idea! Simple and fun. I might add slices of apple wedges as loops of a "garland", too!

  4. So pretty!!! I copied this idea a few times already - it's brilliant!

  5. prefect and perfectly easy. thanks!


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