Ciao, buongiorno a tutti ,hello to everybody,
We are at the beginning of holiday party season.We’re inviting friends but we’re busy working, studying, organising many other events, preparing gifts …Something simple but very festive ,you can set this Christmas tree on the table or add other savoury or sweet snacks : crostini ,or Chocolate pinecones (recipe here) or Panettone with sauces (recipe here)
Christmas Tree with Cheese
24 green olives
21 black olives
65/70 small squared pieces of hard cheese such as Asiago, semi-mature pecorino
1 large slice of the same cheese
20 grapes grains
21 Cherry tomatoes
1 sprig Rosemary cut in 13 pieces
Half stock celery
Use a basic shape and proceed to the construction of the Christmas tree with a little patience
Realized tree is cm 38 /15 inch high and cm 30/ 12 inch wide.
On a cutting board or tray arrange the shape of the Christmas tree and begin to arrange the piece of celery vertically centrally as trunk and green olives horizontally as the beginning of the tree.
Proceed with a row of pieces of cheese, then tomatoes, cheese, grapes and then ending up high with tomatoes.
To make sure you keep a tree shape every now and then place the plastic shape on top so you can see if it is respected.
Star-cut a piece of cheese and place it at the top with an olive in the middle.
Place the pieces of rosemary on the sides for the effect of hanging fronds and a thread of black olives like garland.
And now next to it two crostini and a drink
250 gr. / 9 oz. Crushed tomato
1 peperoncino( Italian chili pepper)or flakes
Salt and pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.
4 oz grated hard cheese( we use Pecorino/sheep cheese)White Crostino
Prepare a bechamel and melt in it the grated cheese
Spread the sauces on bread slices and if you like to complete you can prepare a third green one with pesto.
And a drink
Ice cubes in the glass
5 parts of Prosecco
3 parts of Red Campari
2 parts sparkling water or Spritz
Happy beginning of Holiday Season!