How to make a Christmas Tree Cheese Plate

Every Christmas we skip the traditional dinner and make cheese and cold cut platters, sandwiches, and veggie plates in the tradition of my husband's family. Cheese and meat arranged into shapes is one of the best things ever! This Thanksgiving, we made a turkey shaped cheese plate and I thought, you know, that would be super cute for Christmas too. Well, not a turkey! Since I am working really hard to stay on a paleo diet, I had to make sure there were options for me on these holiday cheese plates. Here's how I accomplished that with this Christmas Tree Cheese Plate:

How to make a Christmas Tree Cheese Plate:

Gather the ingredients for the cheese plate. Since we wanted to go a more paleo friendly route, we chose to use apples instead of crackers and includes nitrate free meats. Cheese is not paleo-compliant so I will be skipping the cheese when I eat this Christmas Tree Cheese Plate on Christmas Day. You can add crackers if you like but we wanted to keep the menu gluten-free for our party.

The cranberries are sweetened and not paleo compliant. Use raisins, sun-dried tomatoes, or nuts instead for a more paleo-friendly platter. Since my family is coming over, we wanted to have the same traditional flavors they'd all enjoy too.

If you love cheese, check out this Piñata Cheese Ball recipe made with goat cheese. It's got a special surprise INSIDE!

Here's what you'll need to make this Christmas Tree Cheese Plate:

  • assorted sliced cheese
  • assorted nitrate-free uncured meats
  • sliced apples
  • dried fruit or nuts
  • large platter

Form the trunk of the tree with several cheese slices. Then all the bottom layer of “leaves” using salami. Make sure the salami lies in a slight curve and extends all the way to each end of the platter. Add alternating rows of apples, cheese, and meat to the tree, making each row slightly shorter than and overlapping the previous row. At the top of the tree, place an array of sliced apples splayed out at the bottom end.  Add a small pile of dried fruit to make a “star”. You can also use a cookie cutter to cut a star from cheese. Add rows of dried fruit to mimic a garland. Serve and enjoy!

Are you entertaining at home this holiday? Let me know all about your plans in the comments!

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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  1. Your Christmas Tree Cheese Plate is so Festive and Cute. Thank you for the idea, and for sharing on Sugar and Spice Link Party. Happy Holidays.

  2. I love finding simple snacks we can pick on for our New Year’s Eve family get togethers, and this one fits the bill! Thanks for sharing this at Coffee & Conversation last week. I’ll be featuring it at this week’s party!

  3. I just love your Christmas Tree, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you are having a wonderful week and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. This is a super fun one! I’ve seen a lot, but this has got to be one of my favs! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I’m not seeing a link back to the party. Would like to have featured you. 🙁

  5. Cheese plates are always so versatile as a snack and I’m loving your Piñata Cheese Ball recipe. It looks amazing and will definitely add a wow factor when we’re entertaining. Thanks for the share Jennifer

  6. What a great cheese plate presentation – love this idea! Pinned to bookmark for next year 🙂

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