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Antipasto Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, starter
Cuisine appertizers, christmas, christmas dish, side dish


  • 2 c. finely shredded Provolone
  • 1 c. finely shredded Parmesan
  • 2/3 c. chopped pepperoncini
  • 1/2 c. blanched almonds chopped
  • 4 oz. salami or pepperoni finely chopped
  • 2 marinated artichoke hearts finely chopped (about 3/4 c.)
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 8-oz. blocks cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz. pitted marinated green Cerignola olives halved
  • 4 oz. marinated Kalamata olives halved
  • 2 oz. pitted marinated black Cerignola olives halved
  • 4 oz. roasted red peppers cut into 3/4" pieces
  • Rosemary sprigs for decorating
  • 1 1/2"-thick slice fresh mozzarella
  • Crackers or crostini for serving


  • Step 1
  • In a large bowl, toss Provolone, Parmesan, pepperoncini, almonds, salami, artichokes, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and red pepper flakes with a fork until combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold cream cheese into Provolone mixture until well blended.
  • Step 2
  • Place 1 (24"-long) sheet plastic wrap on a cutting board or small platter with the long end facing you. Arrange another same-size sheet of plastic on top with the short end facing you. Pile cream cheese mixture into center of plastic. Drape plastic over cream cheese mixture and form into a Christmas tree shape, standing it upright. Tightly wrap shaped cheese in plastic and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.
  • Step 3
  • Remove plastic wrap from cheese. Gently pat olives dry with paper towels to remove excess marinade. Decorate cream cheese tree with olives, red peppers, and rosemary.
  • Step 4
  • Using a paring knife or a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out a star from mozzarella. Insert a toothpick into bottom of star and insert into top of tree. Serve with crackers alongside.


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
Keyword christmas, christmas appetizer, christmas recipes, christmas snacks