The Perfect Christmas Appetizer

By Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I would like to begin this post by wishing My Other Half a very happy 30th birthday! It’s a big milestone and also 12/12/12. We’ll be in Toronto celebrating and doing all the things he loves. It’s going to be a great day!

I am officially in the Christmas spirit. Actually, if I’m being honest, I’ve been in Christmas-mode for weeks. I hosted the Unputdownable Book Club’s Christmas slumber party (you can read all about those shenanigans here) on December 1st, so I had to be ready early. Our tree was up by last weekend in November!

I also finished all my Christmas shopping in November, but that’s normal for me. I like to get it done and out of the way. I don’t have many people to buy for since my family started drawing names for exchanging gifts in 2009. Now I only buy for My Other Half, my parents, my sister, my unofficial in-laws and one other family member! It makes it easy and has helped us get back to the true meaning of Christmas.

And since it’s December and Christmas is only 13 days away (less than two weeks), ‘tis the season for festive parties! I know you’re all looking for the perfect thing to bring to Christmas potlucks and gatherings, and I have the solution.

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I saw this on Pinterest and just had to recreate it. It looks as good as it tastes! I served it at the above-mentioned book club slumber party and it was a big hit. It looked so pretty I didn’t want to cut into it – but I’m glad we did!

The Perfect Christmas Appetizer

Yield: 16

Ingredients

2 packages crescent rolls
1 package cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic
Salt and pepper
1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
3 stalks of celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 red bell pepper

Directions

Remove crescent roll dough from packaging but don’t unroll it. Slice the dough into 16 pieces (8 pieces each). Place on ungreased baking sheet in a perfect circle and bake for approximately 17 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown. Let cool completely before transferring to serving platter. Meanwhile, mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, seasoning and garlic in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. When ready to serve, spread the mixture all over the crescent roll wreath, covering it completely. Arrange cherry tomatoes, celery and broccoli on the wreath as you like. Make a bow out of the red bell pepper and add to the wreath. Cut and serve like a cake.

Notes

Adapted from Food.com

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Here’s a picture of the wreath post-baking. It was hard to make a perfect circle on a baking sheet! If you don’t use all the crescent rolls, that’s okay too. I think it would be nice to make a smaller version of this sometime. It tastes delicious!

Do you have any go-to Christmas recipes? I’d love to hear them!

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