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Holiday Party Food: Cheese, Cracker and Sausage Christmas Tree Appetizer

We are so excited for the holidays, and this cheese, cracker, and sausage Christmas tree appetizer is a fun holiday party food that is definitely coming with us to our next event! 

Holiday Party Food- Cheese Cracker and Sausage Christmas Tree Appetizer
Headed to a holiday party this season? Need a tasty and fun Christmas appetizer? I saw a Halloween version of a pumpkin made of food somewhere, then I saw this Christmas tree and I HAD to make it for myself! This has got to be one of my favorite Christmas appetizer recipes. It’s super easy and affordable, too. This is also a fun Christmas craft idea for kids. My son had a blast helping 🙂

Cheese, Cracker and Sausage Christmas Tree Holiday Appetizer

Cheese Cracker and Sausage Christmas Tree Appetizer


  • 1 block of cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 box of club crackers
  • 1 Summer Sausage (LOVE Hickory Farms beef summer sausage!)
  • cherry tomatoes
  • parsley for garnish
  • large display cutting board

Note: I did not put any specific amounts or measurements in the ingredients above, you can use more or less of whatever you want when crafting your tree.

Easy holiday Christmas tree appetizer

Make it!
1) To get started with this Christmas tree appetizer, cut the cheese and sausage into desired shapes. I used squares for the cheese and sliced circles for the Summer Sausage. Be sure to cut a a few extra pieces of cheese for the tree’s stump and 5 cheese triangles to make the star at the top of the tree (including 1 tomato). Wash the cherry tomatoes and parsley and allow them to dry thoroughly. Set everything aside.

2) Grab a large plate, cutting board, flat dish, or whatever you are using to serve the Christmas tree meat and cheese tray. Starting at the bottom of the plate, lay down the cheese first to make the tree stump, then add some tomatoes, a row of parsley, then cheese, then crackers, then sausage, all the way up. Be sure to make the rows at the bottom of the tree the longest and shorten them as you go up to get that nice triangular Christmas tree look.

3) Once you have gotten close to the top, seal it off with a little parsley and create the star at the top of the tree with the 5 triangle pieces of cheese and the single tomato. Make sure everything lines up nicely, you should now have a complete Christmas tree appetizer!

Easy Sausage, Crackers and Cheese Holiday Christmas Tree Appetizer

Please DO try this Christmas tree appetizer at home! MJ helped me make it and wanted to eat it as we went along, he had a great time. It’s definitely one of my favorite holiday party foods, both healthy and tasty, and you can use this version or get creative and use any other foods. Very cute and super simple to make! Have fun and enjoy your holiday season!

Looking for more fun holiday ideas and crafts? Check out this fun and cute Christmas crafts for kids, homemade reindeer ornaments, tips on Eating Healthy Through the Holidays, and printable Christmas coloring pages for kids!

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    • The size I made is about the size of a standard cutting board, so it was good for 6-8 people as an appetizer/finger foods. If you need to feed more, make it a bit larger on a bigger board with more ingredients!

  • Thanks for the inspiration for this platter. I made it last night and brought it to a Christmas party. It was quick to assemble and traveled well. My girlfriends thought it was very clever and “Martha Stewart like”. I believe that was a compliment.

    Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

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