How To Make A Meat And Cheese Tray Shaped Into A Christmas Tree

Dec 18, 2022 | Appetizers, Food, Holiday

Happy Monday everyone!  We are day 19 into The 24 Days Before Christmas and this Meat And Cheese Christmas Tree Board is so fun!  It’s honestly adorable and so perfect for your holiday table!  I made this using a 17 x 13 inch cheese board from Kirklands (similar HERE) for Mr. TAL and he said it is definitely blog worthy!
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How to make a meat and cheese tray into a Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Mr. TAL and I are having Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house.  Life has been crazy.  I’ve been working on an exciting project which I will announce in the new year.  Jake And Maggie will be featured more in 2023 and we are adding new products to our on-line store. This week we have some delicious recipes and fun tablescapes coming your way.  I’m taking a week off after the 25th and will resume blogging in January.
 
I posted my Cardinals And Swag Christmas Table last week and wanted to know if you could find my “mistake”.  I was giving away a holiday scented candle to anyone who could find it.  Some of you gave it your all but said you couldn’t find it.  So here it is:  I taped the bottom of my candles  because they wouldn’t fit and stand up straight inside the black candle holders from Kirklands.  I didn’t realize until after they were taped that I needed to cut the tape and it’s showing on every candle!  Thank you to everyone who participated in my giveaway 🙂
 
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How To Make A Meat And Cheese Tray Shaped Into A Christmas Tree:

Step 1:  The shape of this tree is a little star tipping over made using star shaped cookie cutter and filled with cranberries.  I set it to the left side upper corner.  Other options would be to fill a bowl with dip, jelly, or nuts.

Step 2:  The trunk is made from Sourdough Swedish Style Crisp Bread by WASA.  I added the star at the top, the bread at the bottom.

Step 3:  I filled the branches in with fresh Dill.  I like how the “ Dill branches” look wispy as a Christmas tree would look.  I left open spaces because that’s where I wanted to add my fillers…meats, cheeses, fruits, crackers, etc.

 

Note:  I used Dill to shape my tree but you can also lay out a string in the shape of a tree and follow that outline.

Step 4:  From there, I filled in the open spaces.  I cut up one apple into slices to fill in the outer edges of the tree.  I sliced up half an orange to mix in with the apple to give more color and texture to my tray.

Step 5:  I used a decorative glass plate and topped it with a small dip bowl by Pioneer Woman of Murray’s Wild Blueberry Preserves and Private Selection Toasted Sesame Water Crisp Crackers.

 
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How To Make A Meat And Cheese Tray Shaped Into A Christmas Tree:

Step 6:  I added a .32 oz block of Kerrigold Dubliner with Irish Stout cheese ($6.40) whole but ended up slicing it into large pieces from the tip back to the rind.  I kept the green rind on because I liked the color it added to the board.

Step 7:  I cut up a .37 oz ($3.33) block of Pepper Jack cheese into pieces and placed them into open spaces on the board.

Step 8:  Using Prosciutto Italiano (dry cured ham), Coppa Italiana (dry cured pork shoulder), and Salame Milano (milo salami with garlic and pepper), I filled in the spaces.  I folded the Coppa and Salame over twice to create the flower design and rolled the Prosciutto into a loose un-even roll to create  the flower.

Step 9:  Using a cookie cutter in a small snowflake design, I cut out snowflakes from a Provolone cheese wheel and placed them around the board.

 
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How to make a meat and cheese tray into a Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com

I had a plan in place and it didn’t take me long to make this board.  I like the textures and different layers and heights as well as the foods that created all the color.  The sky is the limit with making these kinds of boards.  This tray should feed 2-4 people easily.     

Adding nuts to this board would be a fun addition!  Or set up another board with nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate so your guests have options!  Growing up, my mother always put out whole walnuts and a nutcracker.  I can still see my dad cracking open those whole walnuts while watching TV.  My mom would be cooking and me and my sister would be waiting patiently for Christmas Dinner to be ready.  Enjoy!!

 
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Meat and cheese tray in shape of a Christmas Tree

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese tray, meat tray, fruit tray, salami, pepper jack, apple, Irish Stout Cheese, Wild Blueberry Jam
Servings: 4
Author: Two Adorable Labs

Ingredients

  • 8 sprigs Dill You can use more if you like
  • 1 honey crisp apple
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1 .32 oz Kerrigold Dubliner with Irish Stout Cheese
  • 1 .37 oz Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Coppra, Salami, Prosciutto use as much as you like
  • 1 jar Blueberry preserve or another persevere of your choice
  • 1 slice provolone cheese for the small stars
  • crackers of your choice
  • 1 sourdough crisp bread for the trunk
  • cranberries to fill star at top

Instructions

  • Fill one large cookie cutter snowflake with cranberries
  • Create branches by using Dill
  • Add sourdough crisp bread for the trunk
  • Slice honey crisp apple and orange and place on outside of tree
  • Lay plate and dip bowl down and fill with preserve and crackers
  • Fill in tree with cheeses and meats
  • Using a small cookie cutter, cut out stars from a provolone wheel

Notes

Mimic this recipe and tray by replacing my options with your favorite foods! 

I’m Bobbi Jo, a lab-lover who took my passion for animals and dogs and turned it into something bigger.  When I adopted Jake and Maggie, my love for them became the driving force behind Two Adorable Labs, and my blog was born.  My hope is to not only share them with the world, but to help educate others on the importance of animal health and well-being. 

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4 Comments

  1. Thomas Domitrovich

    I enjoyed taking the Christmas tree down this time one bite at a time! 🙂

    Reply
    • Two Adorable Labs

      haa haa That’s funny! Well, I’m glad you enjoyed yourself :-).

      Reply
  2. SOPHIE

    GREAT RESPONSE, THOMAS😋😋 I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING😂 NOW THAT’S THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT🌲🌲

    Reply
    • Two Adorable Labs

      Isn’t Mr. TAL funny! LOL!

      Reply

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