Christmas Tree Appetizer

This super easy, spinach and cheese breadsticks appetizer is sure to take centerstage at any party!

Showstopper Christmas tree party appetizer with spinach and cheese filling. Indian American fusion food at its best!
Showstopper Appetizer breadsticks that are perfect for your holiday parties!

December seems to be full of potluck parties. And judging by the yummy food, these are some lucky pots! I hear that the word pot luck comes mainly from olden times when any unexpected visitor was served the leftovers that were saved in a pot.

Having lived in the US for so long, “pot luck” has become such an everyday phrase for me. But growing up in India, pot luck was not that common. In fact, I am trying to remember if there is a word for potluck in any of the Indian languages. Do let me know if you find any.

I enjoy potluck parties. It is such a treat for foodies like me, getting to sample all different kinds of food from all around the world. When our book club met for our annual holiday lunch and Yankee swap, one of our members who is a dear friend, graciously offered to host. We insisted on potluck so she said “Okay, bring a plate”. We quickly learned that it did not mean crockery, it means a plate of food in New Zealand and Australia.

So, I made my Christmas tree appetizer and put it on a plate 🙂

This easy appetizer is such a crowd pleaser that I have been making these trees with different fillings for potlucks this busy season.

Easy to make Christmas party appetizer with spinach and cheese filling
Showstopper Appetizer breadsticks that are perfect for your holiday parties!

Christmas Tree Appetizer

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the filling-1 batch of the Spinach filling recipe here. 

  • Store bought or homemade pizza dough for 1 pizza
  • Flour for rolling dough
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg beaten with a teaspoon of water for egg wash
  • Marinara sauce to serve

To make the Christmas Tree Appetizer-

  1. Divide the dough into 2 portions, saving a tiny ball of dough. With the two bigger portions, roll out two triangles, as thin as you can, on the floured surface. Roll out a small rectangle with the tiny ball of dough.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper,lay out one triangle of dough. Spread the cooled spinach filling and the mozzarella cheese.
  4. Place the other triangle of dough over it and seal the edges. Place the small rectangle of dough as the tree trunk.
  5. Cut slits from both sides of triangle leaving a central ‘trunk’ in the center. And twist each ‘branch’.
  6. Brush the entire tree with egg wash and bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the dough is cooked and golden brown.
  7. Serve the Christmas tree breadsticks with marinara sauce.

Easy to make Christmas party appetizer with spinach and cheese filling
Showstopper Appetizer breadsticks that are perfect for your holiday parties!

Enjoy the festive season all! Merry Christmas!





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  1. Just love this idea Sandhya, and pretty healthy too with the spinach 🙂 Have you ever tried making it with puff pastry? I know you mentioned the pizza dough, but wondered if the latter would suffice? I always keep extra sheets of puff pastry in the freezer for treats like these. I’ve made a pull apart wreath before, will have to pull out that recipe before next Christmas :). I haven’t felt in the mood yet to bake anything for Christmas, especially after the feast at Thanksgiving. I had to laugh about the “bring a plate”. I recall when Bert’s mum lived in Australia, she would frown on that idea. She always thought when someone invited you over, you cooked the entire meal, of course she was from the old school, but I’ll never forget how she always told the story of “bring a plate, Aussie style” LOL!

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    1. Loretta, Puff pastry would definitely work.I love your idea of having puff pastry handy in the freezer. I made 4 of these trees for different gatherings this past week- tried different fillings in them. made a red and green one with roasted red peppers and spinach and another with chicken, caramelized onion and spinach.
      I did not know Bert’s mum lived in Australia. It is such an interesting term right? 🙂

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      1. They all sound wonderful. Yes Sandhya, when Bert’s father passed away at the age of 67, his mum was widowed for a bit. After she retired from teaching, she used to spend the winters in Australia to escape the Canadian cold. On one of those trips she met an Anglo-Indian gentleman that she knew way back in Poona who was also widowed and after a couple of years of long-distance romance, she actually re-married in her 70’s and moved to Australia. When he passed, it was her wish to move back to Canada and she did. She lived there for about 18 years I think. She lived in Perth. We visited one year and she planned a wonderful trip for us in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and accompanied us.

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