This super easy, spinach and cheese breadsticks appetizer is sure to take centerstage at any party!
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.
Christmas Tree Appetizer
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-
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper,lay out one triangle of dough. Spread the cooled spinach filling and the mozzarella cheese.
- Place the other triangle of dough over it and seal the edges. Place the small rectangle of dough as the tree trunk.
- Cut slits from both sides of triangle leaving a central ‘trunk’ in the center. And twist each ‘branch’.
- 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.
- Serve the Christmas tree breadsticks with marinara sauce.
Enjoy the festive season all! Merry Christmas!