Festive Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread
If you're looking for something to serve to your family and friends that will get everyone in the holiday spirit, try this Festive Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread. This easy Christmas appetizer recipe is great for feeding a crowd and takes almost no time at all to prepare. You'll keep everyone satisfied during your annual holiday party with this easy pull apart bread, while you prepare the main course. Mozzarella, basil, garlic, butter and salt come together inside a delightfully-savory bread recipe, that tastes great paired with a marinara dipping sauce, cheese sauce, or all by itself. Stuff your belly, while you stuff the stockings with this super tasty snack!
- If you don’t have fresh basil, substitute 1 teaspoon mixed Italian dry herbs.
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Cooking Time15 min
- 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
- 1 (13.8-ounce) tube refrigerated pizza crust
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons basil leaves, chopped finely (see note)
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 cup marinara sauce for dipping (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small food processor combine cream cheese, shredded cheese and minced garlic, pulsing until well mixed.
Unroll the pizza crust and use fingers to stretch or press it into about 10 x 15 inches. Cut into 36 equal size squares. Measure a scant teaspoon of the cheese mixture and place it on each square. Pull up corners and pinch to seal, rolling the dough into a ball shape. Place on the bake sheet in rows: 8 at the bottom, then 7, then 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 to form a tree shape.
Combine butter and herbs in a small bowl and microwave to melt. Brush about half this mixture over the dough balls and bake for about 15 minutes until nicely browned. Immediately brush with the remaining butter mixture (rewarm if necessary) and sprinkle with the coarse salt.
Carefully slide from the parchment to a serving tray and serve with the warm sauce for dipping.