This is the stunning app your holiday party needs.Aside from looking like a stunning decorative piece, this cheese ball is packed with the spicy-tangy flavors of horseradish and Worcestershire. The sweetness of roasted red bell pepper and the brightness of fresh parsley create a balanced spread for almost any cracker. Parmesan cheese is also included to give a flavorful salty edge to this not-so-classic cheese ball. Like a real Christmas tree, decorating it might take a little time, but the final result is worth the effort.

Micah A Leal


Credit: Micah A. Leal

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50 mins
2 hrs 50 mins


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  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and salt until completely combined, about 2 minutes.

  • Add half of the roasted bell pepper, the Cheddar, Parmesan, and horseradish to the mixer. Mix on low until evenly combined.

  • Place a 14-inch long layer of plastic wrap onto the counter. With clean hands, take the cheese mixture out of the mixer and shape it into a cone with a wide base. Place this cone onto the plastic wrap, and wrap the entire cheese ball before refrigerating for at least 2 hours.

  • Take the cone from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Place the cheese ball onto a serving platter, and working from the bottom of the cone to the top of the cone, carefully place the parsley leaves so that they are pointing downward. Once the entire cone is covered in parsley, press the pecan pieces and the rest of the red pepper pieces into the cheese ball to decorate the tree. Garnish the tree with shreds of Parmesan.