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Lemon Basil Tree

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24

Lemon flavored cheese dip made in creative tree shape is perfect dip for Christmas party.

Ingredients

2
packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1
cup shredded Havarti cheese (4 ounces)
2
tablespoons chopped fresh or 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
2
teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
cup chopped fresh parsley or basil leaves
Assorted crackers, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Mix cream cheese, Havarti cheese, 2 tablespoons basil, the lemon peel and garlic powder until blended.
  • 2 Shape cheese mixture into cone shape to look like Christmas tree, or roll into 1 large or 2 small balls or logs. Roll in 1/4 cup parsley.
  • 3 Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm. Serve with crackers.

Expert Tips

Make this tasty cheese ball ahead and store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Roll in the chopped fresh parsley the day of the party.

For an extra-special cheese tree, omit 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil and roll tree in 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese instead. Decorate with chopped red bell pepper, and top with a small star cut from lemon peel.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
90
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
85mg
85%;
Total Carbohydrate
1g
1%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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