Next week, I’m going to have a house full of family and friends. It’s the one time a year when I’m exhausted, and it’s not a bad thing. You all know how much I love to cook and entertain, but I must admit, not everything is made from scratch. This year I took a little inspiration from Kraft Recipes.
I wanted to try something new and different. Our cheese and fruit course is so boring! We usually stick everything in bowls or baskets and place them on the table family style. This year, I wanted to try my hand at a cheese board. You guys, this was insane! It was so much fun to do too!
The ingredients were simple so I headed to Walmart to gather them.
- 200g CRACKER BARREL Extra Old Cheddar Cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 200g CRACKER BARREL Marble Cheddar Cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 200g CRACKER BARREL Monterey Jack Cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 200g CRACKER BARREL Havarti Cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 200g CRACKER BARREL Mozzarella Cheese cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- 1lb. (450 g) each seedless green and red grapes
- 1pkg. (40 g) fresh thyme sprigs
- 2Tbsp. PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
- 2Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1piece celery (2 inch)
- ARRANGE cheese cubes and grapes in rows on platter or cutting board to resemble a Christmas tree shape, ending with a row of mozzarella at the top.
- ADD thyme sprigs between rows as shown in photo.
- ROLL cream cheese into ball, then coat with parsley; place at top of tree. Place celery at bottom for the tree trunk.
- I suggest rolling the cheese ball in the parsley first and then refrigerating it until you are ready to serve the entire board.
I picked up the cheeses, grapes and thyme, and home I went to make the trial tree. I personally think it came out gorgeous, and I probably won’t be able to replicate myself! Ha!
I think the thyme really gave the cheese board an extra fresh feel. It also brought out the aromas of the grapes and cheeses. I don’t know about you, but to me thyme is a very Winter herb and just wreaks of festive and bright!
If you’re looking for some sweet inspirations too you can always check out the Kraft recipes at Walmart for some festive ideas.
If by chance you’re looking for even a little Latin flare to add to your holiday feast you can make some Totchos!
Say what?! They’re tater tots – nacho style! YUM! Perfect as an appetizer or even a snack while everyone is playing cards after dinner!
Our Christmas dinner always seems to be a more serious affair, so I think the Christmas Tree Cheese Board is perfect for our holiday table.
Which of these Kraft recipes will make an appearance on your holiday table?