Christmas Tree Cheese Platter–Easy Appetizer and Centerpiece with Real California Dairy

Being born and raised in Southern California I’ve never experienced a ‘white Christmas.’ But I’m a warm weather girl through and through, so I’ll happily miss out on that experience. I just can’t relate to someone blissfully standing outside looking up at snow gingerly falling down… they often do a slow spin, smiling up at the tiny white dusting. Not for me… wait, not for me unless those little white flakes are actually CHEESE.

Yes. These are the kind of things I think about – I imagine cheese raining down from the sky and I dance around. It’s silly because snow can’t be cheese… right?

Well… it’s Christmas time and miracles do happen… so maybe it can! If you believe – anything is possible!

And I believe.

So, I made a Christmas Tree Cheese Platter with Real California Dairy. And even though it doesn’t snow in my lil’ corner of California – I found a way to make some ‘snow’ out of one of my favorite cheeses!

How to Make a Christmas Tree Cheese Plate

Note – this can be a small appetizer or huge centerpiece. Make it according to your needs and the number of guests you’re serving. These are the ingredients you’ll need – but amounts are up to you.


Broccoli – chopped

Real California Sharp Cheddar – cut into small cubes

Real California Monterey Jack – cut into small cubes

Real California Cotija cheese (may be located near the refrigerated Hispanic foods)

Crackers or chips

Grape Tomatoes, Carrots or Bell Peppers


  1. On a large platter – arrange broccoli in a large tree shape. Leave 2 sections a little sparse – these will be for the cheese cubes.
  2. Fill in the 2 open sections with the cheese.
  3. Add extra veggies as ‘ornaments’ – grape tomatoes, sliced carrots, bell peppers slices as garland. Spread crackers around the bottom.
  4. Crumble Cotija cheese and sprinkle it all around the tree completely covering the platter.


Tip: Get extra so you can refill the tree as your guests start chopping away at it.

California is home to more than 1,300 dairy farms and 99% of those are family owned.  Remember to look for the Real California Milk seal when shopping for holiday recipes for your family and friends.

Question:  Would you rather dance around in snow or cheese?

RER: On second thought… I’m a little worried about getting it out of my hair…


This post is sponsored by Real California Dairy. All opinions are my own. #savortheseason #CADairy #Holidairy

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