This recipe for an all kinds of festive Christmas Tree Fruit and Cheese Platter is so easy that it almost doesn’t seem fair to use the word recipe when describing it…it’s more like a ridiculously easy, completely merry take on the usual cheese and fruit board. Some cubes of your favorite cheese, some cheery red and green grapes, a little sprig of thyme here and there to give it that extra Christmas tree look and your favorite Christmas platter and you are in holiday business! Let’s make it!One of my favorite parts about this fun appetizer, aside from how cute it looks, is how dang easy it is to put together…if you have little elves living with you, this is a great job for those little hands.
Because as we know, there is a lot to do over the holidays along with cooking up all the good holiday eats. There are trees to be decorated…
Please forgive the blurriness of this picture. I am always so glad to see my crew of kids come home for the holidays that I spend the first few days randomly bursting into happy tears. It can be a little disconcerting if you live with me.
There are also all kinds of Christmas decorations to put out, such as your Grandma’s nutcrackers. She has about one million of them, so it takes a lot of energy. But luckily we have an elf who is up to the job.
And of course there is always that character who does nothing but lounge around wearing her fuzzy white Christmas collar waiting for the next round of Christmas snacks. There’s one in every crowd.
Back at the cheese and fruit platter, it is of course endlessly customizable. You want cheese that can be cut into cubes, so we went for a nice Vermont cheddar and some Monterey Jack, but Swiss cheese or anything else along those lines would work just fine.
As for the fruit, we aim for the red and green theme for obvious reasons, and red and green grapes fit the bill perfectly. This year I am thinking about subbing in strawberries for the red grapes, and I will hull them ahead of time so that I’m not finding little strawberry stems all over the place.
The thyme is totally for show, but it does give the whole thing that merry Christmas tree vibe, and I’m sure at some point over the next few days you are going to be needing a sprig or two of thyme for something! Last but not least, that platter is from our very favorite pottery place in the world, Nicholas Mosse, and while I’m not sure if they still make that one, they have loads of beautiful Christmas pottery on their site if you want to browse around.
So with that I am off to cut up cheese cubes in anticipation of my tree trimmers arriving soon…happy merry ho ho ho!Print
- 2 large bunches of red and green grapes
- 2 pounds of cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheese, cut into bite sized cubes
- Sprigs of fresh thyme
- Rinse the grapes well and pull them off the stems.
- Arrange the grapes and the cheese cubes on a large over platter in alternating rows in the shape of a Christmas tree.
- Tuck the thyme sprigs around the edge of the cheese and grapes.
you can substitute whatever cheese or fruit you like, as long as it can be eaten as finger food!
Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. Let’s cook together!