Tree-Trimming Cheese Tray Served Up with a Moravian Star

As I told you last week, I had to pencil in a date to trim our Christmas tree this year.  Luckily, we found the time.  My mother-in-law, my mom, and my good friend, Mitch, came over for annual "get to work, and earn your supper party" last Saturday. I'm exaggerating somewhat, but I didn't put one ornament on the tree.  Instead, I was busy in the kitchen making buckeye brownies, a cranberry brisket, and my own holiday cheese tree.

Festive cheese tray with Cabot Cheese, Holiday entertaining.
Holiday Cheese Tree Appetizer
I got the idea for this tree-trimming appetizer from Cabot Creamery of Vermont.

Festive Cabot Cheddar Tree
Makes 1 serving

5 (8-ounce) bars Cabot Sharp Cheddar; light, plain and flavored*
Fresh thyme sprigs
Grape cherry tomatoes or olives
1 mushroom

1. Cut each bar of cheddar into 1-inch cubes.

2. On large platter or cutting board, arrange cubes in rows to form tree shape, using different flavor for each row and separating flavors with thyme sprigs and rows of tomatoes or olives.

3. For star on top, peel skin from mushroom; press star pattern into mushroom with point of knife.

Of course, my tree is not as pretty as the original cheese tree, but my homemade masterpiece still tasted great.  Since my crowd was small, I used two cheeses rather than five.  The Pepper Jack Light was a crowd favorite.

If I had spotted this recipe before Saturday then I would have made this cheese star because it certainly went with the theme of my tree-trimming party, too.

Festive cheese tray

I bought a Moravian Star this year at Southern Season in Chapel Hill.  I have wanted a star for quite awhile. It came in a ZILLION pieces, and it was not an easy task to assemble.   My mom and son spent about three hours putting it together one afternoon.

Rightly so, I was so proud of their accomplishment.

It was a busy Saturday afternoon to make the "Hines House" look a little like Christmas. I certainly appreciate the help from our family to make the day fun.

She captures the true joys of the holidays!

Our ornaments through the years!

Our tree!

Our wreath!

Our home!

The Moravian Star at night.

If you like to see homes during the holidays, be sure to connect with me on Instagram.  I'm showcasing a different home a day.  I also would love for you to share your photos with me on Facebook, and I plan to showcase a few favorites on the blog before Christmas.

Be sure to include your first name, and the location of the photo. ie) Photo submitted by Leigh, Raleigh, NC.

Enjoy the holiday festivities!

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