Are you looking for a delightful and hearty appetizer to impress your guests at the next holiday party? Look no further! We have the perfect recipe for you – Christmas Tree Pull Aparts.
Not only are these appetizers incredibly easy to make, but they also add a touch of festive charm to your holiday spread.
Plus, you can use leftover ham or turkey and store-bought biscuits, making it a stress-free dish that no one will ever guess was a breeze to put together!
Choosing Your Protein and Shape
Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about some exciting customization options. While we’ll be using leftover holiday ham for this particular version, feel free to get creative and experiment with different fillings.
Whether you prefer turkey and cheddar, shrimp with Colby jack and chives, bacon, and Swiss, or even a vegetarian option with broccoli and minced red onion – the possibilities are endless!
The key is to follow the recipe and swap out the protein to suit your taste.
And don’t worry if you don’t have a large serving platter or cutting board to shape it like a Christmas tree.
You can easily form it into a wreath shape instead and decorate it with cut-up red and green peppers – equally adorable and just as delicious! Add a small bowl of ranch dressing or honey mustard in the middle and you’re all set.
Let’s get cooking!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- 2 Tubes of Biscuits
- 1 Head of Broccoli (cleaned, steamed, and cut into bite-size florets)
- 1 Green Pepper or Jalapeno (cut into small pieces)
- 1 Red Pepper (cut into small pieces)
- 1 Yellow Pepper (cut to resemble a star for the top of the tree)
- 1 8 oz Bag of Finely Shredded Colby Jack Cheese (you can use Cheddar or any cheese of your choice)
- 3 Green Onions (thinly sliced)
- 2 Large Slices of Ham (finely diced)
- 1 Egg (whisked with a tiny bit of milk for glazing the rolls when done)
- Start by preparing your vegetables. Chop the peppers, steam the broccoli florets until tender, and then chop them finely. Slice the green onions and finely dice the ham. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the chopped vegetables, diced ham, and the bag of shredded cheese. Mix them all together for a flavorful filling.
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray the parchment with cooking oil to prevent sticking.
- Open the tubes of biscuits and split each biscuit in half, giving you 32 halves in total.
- Flatten out with a small roller or your fingers to make each disc a little larger and thinner.
- Take each biscuit half and place it on the prepared baking pan. Add about half a teaspoon of Dijon mustard to the center of each biscuit half and spread it evenly.
- Now, it’s time to fill your biscuit bombs. Take approximately 1 heaping tablespoon of the filling mixture and place it in the center of each biscuit half. Carefully pinch the edges of the biscuit together to close it, forming a ball.
- Arrange the filled biscuit balls on the baking pan in the shape of a Christmas tree. Start with one ball at the top and create rows down, adding an additional ball in each row until you form a tree shape. Leave two balls for the bottom to resemble the tree’s stem.
- Before popping your biscuit bombs into the oven, brush them with the whisked egg wash. This will give them a beautiful golden color when baked.
- Now, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Sprinkle the chopped peppers over the biscuit tree to give it that vibrant and festive look. For the top of the tree, cut your yellow pepper into the shape of a star and place it carefully on the peak.
- Bake the Christmas Tree Pull Aparts in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
Serve and Enjoy!
Once the timer goes off, your delightful Christmas Tree Pull Aparts are ready to be served!
Carefully transfer them to a large serving tray or cutting board, and watch your guests’ faces light up with joy.
These hearty appetizers are so delicious that you won’t need many other dishes to complement them. Perfect for holiday parties, football gatherings, or festive luncheons, this appetizer is sure to be a hit with everyone.
So, put on your favorite Christmas tunes, grab a couple of tubes of biscuits, and get stuffing!
With its endless customization options and easy preparation, this appetizer will become your go-to favorite for holiday entertainment.
Enjoy the warm, cheesy, and festive goodness of these Christmas Tree Pull Aparts, and make this holiday season one to remember! Happy holidays and bon appétit!
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Christmas Tree Pull Aparts
- 1 Large Serving Tray or Cutting Board
- 2 Tubes Biscuits (Regular)
- 1 Head Broccoli Cleaned thoroughly-steamed and cut into bite size florets
- 1 Green Pepper or Jalapeno Cut into small pieces
- 1 Red Pepper Cut into small pieces
- 1 Yellow Pepper Cut to look like a star for top of tree
- 1 8 oz Bag of Finely Shredded Colby Jack Cheese Can use Cheddar or any cheese of your choice
- 3 Green Onions Sliced Thin
- 2 Large Slices Ham Diced finely
- 1 Egg Add a tiny bit of milk and whisk together with egg to glaze the rolls when done
- Chop Peppers and set aside
- Slice Green Onions
- Finely Dice Ham
- Steam Broccoli Florets or add 1 cup water and microwave for 8 minutes
- Drain Broccoli and Chop Fine
- Add all above ingredients besides the peppers to a medium size bowl and add the bag of Shredded Cheese
- Open your biscuits and divide each biscuit in half so that you have 32 halves
- Place biscuits on a parchment lined baking pan which is sprayed lightly with cooking oil spray
- Put about a 1/2 tsp of Dijon Mustard in the center of each biscuit and spread
- Add approx 1 Heaping TB of the mixture to each biscuit and pinch to close and shape in a ball
- Add each ball to the pan seam side down starting at the top – place one then each line down add an additional ball so you are forming a Christmas Tree
- Use all your balls but two and put those on the bottom to look like the stem of the tree
- Brush all the balls with egg wash and sprinkle your peppers over the tree
- Cut your yellow pepper to look like a star and place on the top of the tree – half way through baking check to make sure the star points have not moved and just put them carefully back in place if need be
- Bake 375 for 25 minutes