Christmas Tree Shaped Cheese Ball
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Ingredients
  • 2 8oz, packages of full fat cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 16oz, container of mascarpone cheese, room temp
  • 1 heaping cup of muffuletta salad or olive salad, drained well of excess oil
  • 3 tablespoons of FINELY grated cheese like cheddar or mozzarella
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • snipped chives, optional
  • chopped parsley, enough to go around the "tree"
  • 1 piece cheddar cheese to make a star shape
  • almond slices, chopped red peppers and whatever else you want to decorate your cheeseball tree with
Instructions
  1. Combine the mascarpone, cream cheese, grated cheese along with the muffuletta salad and chives into a large bowl.
  2. With a hand mixer on low speed blend everything together.
  3. Taste for seasoning or if you want to add more of something else.
  4. on a small cookie sheet or tray place a sheet of wax paper down and then plop the cheese mixture onto that.
  5. Place plastic wrap over your hands and start to form the cone as best you can. Check your hight and width.
  6. Keep the formed cone shape on the pan and place the whole thing into the fridge loosely covered with plastic wrap and let it harden for a few hours or even overnight if you want.
  7. Remove from fridge and on the same tray press in the chopped parsley all over your cone.
  8. Decorate it with the nuts and peppers and make sure you cut out a star with cheddar cheese for the topper.
  9. If loosely draped with plastic wrap this can stay in the fridge for a couple of days before serving.
  10. When ready to serve place a large spatula underneath the tree and lift it onto your serving platter.
  11. Scatter sturdy crackers all around.
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe by Proud Italian Cook at https://www.prouditaliancook.com/2019/12/christmas-tree-shaped-cheese-ball.html