It is holiday party time. And you know what that means.... the age old question of "what should I bring?" This post answers that question with one of my favorite holiday party appetizers...
The Tree is actually simple to make but takes some planning. What you will need is:
1 floral Styrofoam cone 12"-24" high, you pick (mine is 24" which makes a BIG Tree)
A LOT of toothpicks (I used 265 for the above pictured 24" cone)
1 disposable plastic plate (paper is not heavy enough)
A variety of toothpick friendly foods. For the above Tree I used:
1 jar of blue cheese stuffed olives
1 jar marinated mushrooms
1 jar black olives
1 package salami
1 package peperoni
3 blocks of cheese cut into cubes (I used cheddar, pepper jack, and Swiss)
1 package grape tomatoes
Feel free to use any combination of foods you like.
Step two, hot glue the Styrofoam cone to the plate. This keeps the cone from sliding around on the counter or falling over. If you only have a paper plate on which to glue the cone, you may want to add weight to the plate around the base of the cone like extra cheese or vegetables so the cone and plate do not tip over. The plastic plate I used was heavy enough.
The final step is to cover the cone with food. Stick a toothpick in the food then stick the food to the cone with the toothpick. Start from the bottom and work your way up going around the cone in layers. You can make each layer or ring around the cone the same food like I did or mix it up, your choice. If you start from the top the cone may get top heavy and fall over with a large cone like I used.
The cone will take way more food than you are expecting, especially if you use the 24" cone. My cone used up almost everything listed above. All that was left was about half a block of cheese, maybe half of the pepperoni package and half of the black olives.
The party we went to was a going away party for some neighbors of ours moving out of state. The tree was completely devoured (surprisingly the kids ate most of it). There were a lot of compliments and it made a good conversation piece. Make sure to set out a little bowl to hold all the used toothpicks or they will end up everywhere!
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