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Friday, 1 December 2017

Ultimate Christmas Tree Prosciutto di Parma Cheeseboard...


Happy Friday. Hope you are having a lovely week so far? Except for the cold!!

Pinch Punch it's the 1st of the month.

The Christmas Day countdown is officially on! 24 more sleeps. Eek, I love Christmas.

I am so looking forward to this weekend. I have had such a hectic week, I am looking forward to putting my feet up, and letting the kids spoil me. (I live in hope.) Although with another inset day and a Christmas tree to put up there might not be much rest!!

I love eating lots of yummy foods from the 1st December until the 1st January however I really do not want to gain any more weight this year.! So I am doing more preparation food-wise this month.

With just over 3 weeks until Christmas Day, it has me planning Christmas Dinner and all our party foods.

A few months ago I teamed up with Prosciutto di Parma to share some of my favourite recipes of the season.

In summer I shared my favourite quiche recipe using Prosciutto di Parma: Prosciutto di Parma And Asparagus Quiche.

In Autumn I share mine and the children's specials: 4 Quick & Easy Prosciutto di Parma Ham Naan Bread Pizzas.

In Winter and the run-up to Christmas, it is all about the party food and nibbles here.


We all love making and eating party food. It is something that the kids love getting involved in too.

With friends and family popping over it is always nice to rustle up some party food snacks to serve. It is nice to treat everyone!!


Saturday nights in the run-up to Christmas for me is all about a nice and tasty cheeseboard with a glass of wine.

Always with some meat, fruit and vegetables. Plus different dips each time. Variety is the spice of life, as they say!


Earlier this week I made a Prosciutto di Parma Cheeseboard up for a mid-week treat with all of my favourite things on it.

Prosciutto di Parma, Cheese, cheese, cherry tomatoes, fruit and nuts.

This would be perfect for a Saturday night treat, as a starter, Christmas party buffet or just a snack for when friends or family stop by. Your choice!!


Have you ever tried sea salted & black pepper crackers with cream cheese and Prosciutto di Parma? It tastes delicious. If not, you really should. So moreish.


Ultimate Christmas Prosciutto di Parma Cheeseboard:

Serve as a starter, buffet or snack.

Serves 4 as a starter.

You Will Need:
  • 78g Prosciutto di Parma
  • 200g Mild cheddar cheese
  • 200g Red Leicester cheese 
  • 250g Mixed nuts and raisins
  • 500g Seedless grape selection
  • 330g Cherry tomatoes
  • 185g Sea salted & Pepper Crackers
  • 100g Soft dried apricots
  • Sweet pickles, cream cheese dips of choice
  • Wine (optional)


If we have friends round or the kids are home from Uni, we like to decorate the table. A nice bit of tinsel at this time of year works a treat. 😊 Let me know your favourite table settings and most of all your favourite party foods... 


This Ultimate Christmas Tree Prosciutto di Parma Cheeseboard is so quick and easy to make. Also, looks great on the Christmas table and makes an eye-catching centrepiece.


How To Make An Ultimate Christmas Tree Prosciutto di Parma Cheeseboard:

  1. First up find a nice big plate or if you have not got a big plate cover a tray with tin foil.
  2. Wash the white and red grapes and cherry tomatoes and set aside to dry.
  3. Find a star-shaped or any Christmas type plastic cookie cutter and pop it onto the top of your plate to make the top of the tree stand out. Fill the cookie cutter with sweet pickle or your favourite dips.
  4. Get all of your ingredients lined up in bowls. Slice the mild cheddar cheese and red Leicester cheese into sticks, then chop into chunks, get your cherry tomatoes and grapes ready, open your fruit nuts and nuts and grab the apricots. Open your Prosciutto di Parma and start layering up your Christmas tree.
  5. I started my layers with some red grapes first, layering down between the fruit, cheese, tomatoes and apricots leaving the bigs part of the tree Prosciutto di Parma.
  6. Pop the Prosciutto di Parma on the bottom of the tree scrunching the ham up a little to give the tree more of an effect.
  7. Pick out some pecan nuts or Brazil nuts for the root of the tree. 
  8. Fill some little bowls with any food left and add Sea salted & Pepper Crackers, dips and cream cheese. 
Enjoy! It tastes amazing. Also, plenty of healthy ingredients. As long as you do not add too many dips... Oopps...


What do you think of my Ultimate Christmas Tree Prosciutto di Parma Cheeseboard?


Do you fancy making one for your Christmas parties?

You can also make smaller ones or an even bigger one if you have lots of visitors over.


Delicious!


A simple delicious must-have Christmas recipe created for Prosciutto di Parma by little old me!!

About Parma Ham:

Parma Ham is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product and is 100% natural. The drying process that Parma Ham goes through creates a ham that is very low in fat content, with many mineral salts, vitamins, antioxidants and easily digestible proteins. This means that Parma Ham is truly a food for everyone.

About this post:
This post is commissioned for Prosciutto di Parma but as always, all thoughts are my own.


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56 comments

  1. What a fantastic idea. It looks great and I bet it tastes yummy too

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  2. I'd eat it! #ThatFridayLinky

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  3. My mouth is watering - beautiful and delicious #PoCoLo

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  4. LOVE it!
    I'm going to do this for Christmas!! Thank you Claire!

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  5. You clever thing you! So loving this clever Xmas tree of food. How cool! Defo pinning this.

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  6. This looks divine. My Dad is doing the cooking this year for a big family feast on the day, but I may serve up these treats for New Year.

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  7. Oh wow what a show stopper! This would be perfect for impressing guests this Christmas!

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  8. I absolutely love cheese at Christmas!

    https://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

    #pocolo

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  9. So, so festive! I really love this tray! I love making fruit/cheese plates, but I never do anything creative like this! Yum!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  10. This post is making me hungry! It all looks amazing. I love the Christmas tree!

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  11. Wow this looks amazing. I really want to recreate this. I adore prosciutto. I love the tree shape you've done. So festive. xx

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  12. The food looks very tasty. I can't believe Christmas is almost here.

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    1. Thanks Stella, me too. This year has gone by so quickly :(

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  13. This looks delicious - I love the addition of the walnuts!

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  14. What a pretty way to serve it, and with lots of healthy nibbles too. Happy Christmas x

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  15. What a great party idea. That would make my heart sing if I turned up at a party and saw that. Lovely.

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  16. I love Christmas party foods though I suck at making them I do enjoy going to my friends and tucking in. I am loving the variety with yours

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  17. This looks so cool and colorful, what fantastic presentation, I will have to see if I can recreate this at our Christmas this year

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  18. Looks so festive!
    So funny to see Philadelphia cream cheese in the UK!

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    1. Thanks Tamar, whoo I love Philadelphia cream cheese :)

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  19. Oh my goodness now I want ALL the food! It's mad isn't it our obsession with over-eating at Christmas. Pete and I used to go crazy and then we realised that for just two of us we don't need to eat any more than at other times of year but it's so easily done X #PoCoLo

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    1. Hehe, it is Lins, I love my food too much, especially at Christmas :)

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  20. This looks absolutely amazing. My mouth is watering. My husband and I both love a good cheeseboard so this is a fab idea that I might do for Christmas Eve! #MMBC

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  21. This has been a very popular post and I can see why. That is one delicious Christmas tree. Be looking for a feature this week on the Blogger's Pit Stop.
    Kathleen

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  22. Love, love, love this idea, Claire! Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page today. I'm sorry I didn't make it to the party yesterday - we are having our garden re-landscaped and it's chaos! I will pop over for the party tomorrow :-) Have a lovely day! Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

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    1. Aww no worries lovely. Whoo I be it will look amazing :)

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  23. This sounds delicious and looks amazing too - what a great centrepiece for a christmas party snack table! #blogcrush

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  24. That looks so colourful and tasty. Perfect for christmas parties

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  25. Oh what a cute idea for a festive cheeseboard...I may steal that!! A big ol' platter of cheese and charcuterie is one of my favourite indulgences at Christmas...we sometimes have it as a starter on Christmas day...or I love having it for supper! Thanks for linking it up to #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

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  26. Oh this looks amazing, I would love to pop that in my table at Christmas

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  27. Such a cute idea. I think this inspired me to make a salad in a christmas tree shape with cherry tomato ornaments, and the salad dressing in my star ramekin from crate & barrel. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. Fast, easy & delicious - this will be on my Christmas Day appetizer table! Pinning

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  29. I love a beautiful cheese board. Sadly I cannot eat dairy at the present time.

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  30. What a great appetizer tree, looks so good! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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  31. Ooh this looks good, everyone loves a cheesboard don't they!

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  32. All I can say is OH WOW!! Amazing idea.

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  33. I love your Christmas Tree cheeseboard! I like Prosciutto di Parma with crackers and mozzarella with my homemade salsa! ;)
    Thanks for linking with #pocolo

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