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Fun Snacks to Make– Cheese and Charcuterie Tree

Check out these fun thanksgiving recipes and fun snacks that you can make as appetizers and starters for the holiday season. Try making this cheese and charcuterie tree.
Check out these fun thanksgiving recipes and fun snacks that you can make as appetizers and starters for the holiday season. Try making this cheese and charcuterie tree.

As soon as fall hits, I love testing fun thanksgiving recipes that are easy to prepare. If you’re looking for fun snacks to make at home during the holiday season, this cheese and charcuterie tree will make your guests smile. You can also throw out boring fruit salad recipes and build this adorable watermelon fruit train instead.

In the meantime, here’s how to build this fun cheese and charcuterie tree.

Build the tree trunk and branches

To form the tree trunk and branches I’m using roasted walnuts and for a hint of green grass, shelled pistachios do the trick.

Build walnut bread leaves

To speed things up, I’m enlisting my trusty maple leaf cookie cutter to cut each cheese and walnut bread leaf. I love that each bite has little chunks of walnuts. Yum! Also, since I hate wasting food, I’m saving the extra crust to make homemade croutons.

Check out these fun thanksgiving recipes and fun snacks that you can make as appetizers and starters for the holiday season. Try making this cheese and charcuterie tree.

It’s more fun to devour leaf-shaped walnut bread. Don’t you think?

Build cheese leaves

Originally, I was going to make a cheese and charcuterie tree using a mixture of hard and soft cheese. Since it’s difficult to cut soft cheese with a cookie cutter, I stuck with some of my other favorites– hot peper jack, colby jack and cheddar cheese.

Check out these fun thanksgiving recipes and fun snacks that you can make as appetizers and starters for the holiday season. Try making this cheese and charcuterie tree.

These pepper jack, colby jack and cheddar cheese slices shaped like leaves are tasty and cute.

Here’s the maple leaf cookie cutter I’m using (*affiliate link)

The set includes three different sizes and I’m using the smallest one in the set.

Add Salty and Sweet

For a salty kick, I’m piling up Italian dry salami and prosciutto. For a bit of sweetness, I’m adding dried apricots and fresh grapes from the Farmers’ Market.

Check out these fun thanksgiving recipes and fun snacks that you can make as appetizers and starters for the holiday season. Try making this cheese and charcuterie tree.

Cheese and charcuterie is one of my favorite appetizers and starters. Your guests will gobble up this delicious Italian dry salami and prosciutto.

Build the Dijon mustard sun

What’s a cheese and charcuterie tree without the sun? I love adding a dollop of mustard on the meats so it’s only natural that I include a Dijon mustard sun.

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to build this fun cheese and charcuterie tree.  

Some Helpful Tips:

  1. To protect your hand from the maple leaf cookie cutter, fold a small piece of paper towel so that you’re not directly pushing down on the cookie cutter when you’re cutting out the walnut bread leaves.
  2. When making the cheese leaves, stay away from soft cheese, as it will turn into a mushy mess when using the cookie cutter. Medium and hard cheeses work best­ including cheddar, colby, jack, and swiss.
  3. Save yourself time and get cheese slices!
  4. Put the olives in a small bowl so the juices don’t leak onto the rest of the cheese and charcuterie tree.
  5. These are supposed to be fun snacks to make, so have fun when you build your tree!

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Fun Snacks to Make– Cheese and Charcuterie Tree

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Fun Snacks to Make– Cheese and Charcuterie Tree

As soon as fall hits, I love testing fun thanksgiving recipes that are also easy to build. If you’re looking for fun snacks to make at home during the holiday season, this cheese and charcuterie tree will make your guests smile.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf walnut bread (sliced)
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup olives
  • ½ cup dried apricots
  • ½ cup fresh grapes
  • 4 slices colby
  • 4 slices pepper jack
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • thinly sliced prosciutto
  • thinkly sliced Italian dry salami

Instructions

  1. Watch the video instructions: https://youtu.be/ApiCxAW1Dho
  2. Use a small maple leaf cookie cutter to cut the cheese and walnut bread slices into little leaves. (For a link to the maple leaf cookie cutter, check out my blog post). Put the cheese slices on top of the walnut bread.
  3. Build the tree trunk and branches using walnuts.
  4. Build the grass using pistachios.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients to the tree (cheese and walnut bread leaves, prosciutto, Italian dry salami, dried apricots, fresh grapes and olives).

Notes

To protect your hand from the maple leaf cookie cutter, fold a small piece of paper towel so that you’re not directly pushing down on the cookie cutter when you’re cutting out the walnut bread leaves. When making the cheese leaves, stay away from soft cheese, as it will turn into a mushy mess when using the cookie cutter. Medium and hard cheeses work best¬ including cheddar, colby, jack, and swiss. Save yourself time and get cheese slices! Put the olives in a small bowl so the juices don’t leak onto the rest of the cheese and charcuterie tree. These are supposed to be fun snacks to make, so have fun when you build your tree!

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Are you looking for fun snacks to make this holiday? It only takes a few minutes to build this fun cheese and charcuterie tree. Check out these fun Thanksgiving recipes and fun snacks that you can make as appetizers and starters for the holiday season.

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