Christmas 2022 – Easy & Edible Christmas (Cheese) Trees
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In a time of indulgence and guilty pleasures, a charcuterie board, with bite-sized treats, are a great way for portion control and giving yourself an opportunity to try everything that has been laid out on the table. Whether you are RSVPing to a party or hosting your own, bringing along little food gifts is always appreciated. And irrespective of whether you can cook or not, cheese is an ingredient that is a hit at any gathering with lots of wine and cocktails.

These cute little edible cheese trees are ideally made with a cheese that can hold its form – think brie, halloumi or velveeta cut in triangles and a handful of ingredients that you may probably have lying around in your spice racks and snack cupboard. The whole point of festive eating is centred around comfort and ease and having a good time, so putting together something should happen at a moment’s notice, in a matter of moments. Cheese, in India, is mostly perceived as a luxury product and what better time to bring out the big guns than to bid another year goodbye? The important thing with a dish that has minimal ingredients is to focus on the quality of what’s being used; so don’t shy away from using good quality cheese or fresh herbs, if you want to. The easy adaptability of this recipe means that you could mix and match any cheeses and herbs of your choice and what works for you in terms of taste. To create a large platter’s worth of cheese trees, you need:

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  • 300-350 grams brie cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dry thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes
  • 1 packet pretzel sticks/red sev
  • Honey to drizzle


Mix the thyme and chilli flakes on a small plate and set aside. Cut the cheese into 2 inch triangles and put a pretzel stick into the broader base of the triangle to resemble a tree. Roll the cheese triangles in the waiting plate of herbs and arrange on a platter. Drizzle with thin, amber ribbons of honey and serve cold.