There is no better combination than Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar and bread. Shape it like a Christmas tree and you have the most amazing Holiday appetizer of all-time. Don’t miss making this super simple, super yummy, show stopping recipe this season.
1 cup low-fat milk, warmed to 104°F to 112° F
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
½ cup Cabot Unsalted Butter, melted and divided
3¼ cup King Arthur All-Purpose Flour, plus more for work surface
½ teaspoon salt
6 ounces Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar, divided
½ teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons chopped herbs like rosemary, thyme and pimento stuffed olive for star tree topper
Pimento stuffed olives for garnish
1 cup warmed marinara sauce for dipping
Get the ingredients you need at a convenient nearby location.
Prep: 4 hrs 5 mins | Cook: 30 mins | Total: 4 hrs 35 mins
STIR warm milk and sugar in bowl of a stand mixer or mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast over the milk and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.
ADD ¼ cup melted butter and 1 beaten egg together and whisk to combine.
ADD flour, sprinkle with salt and mix with the dough hook attachment until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes on medium speed. Alternatively, stir in about ⅔ of the flour with a wooden spoon until stiff. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gradually knead the dough by hand incorporating the remaining ⅓ flour until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
COAT a bowl with cooking spray or oil and set dough into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm spot until the dough is doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
TURN dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Punch down into a flat shape. Grate 4 ounces Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar and sprinkle over the dough. Fold the dough over and gradually knead cheddar into the dough until incorporated, about 45 seconds. Let rest on the surface (covered with plastic) until relaxed, 30 to 45 minutes.
LINE a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough into 22 roughly equal balls and place on the baking sheet in a Christmas tree shape as shown in the photo with forming bottom rows with six balls and continuing with five balls on top and so on. Let dough rise 30 to 45 minutes.
PREHEAT oven to 375°F while dough is rising
BAKE until the top is deeply golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
STIR the remaining ¼ melted butter, garlic salt and chopped herbs in a small bowl to combine. Brush the melted butter mixture on the warm bread and let the tree cool on the baking sheet about 10 minutes.
PLACE the Christmas tree on a serving platter. Cut the remaining 2 ounces of cheddar into five triangles and one square. And arrange into a star shape at the top of the tree. Place pimento stuffed olive half in the center. Serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.
Very tasty as a snack or side dish. I used a 1 lb loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed and allowed to rise fully before punching it down and mixing in the cheese. I also used a combination of dried savory, thyme and oregano with the garlic (use about 1/3 dried compared to fresh). The cheese does tend to burn to the pan so you might want to put it on a sheet of parchment paper. Wonderful warm out of the oven, with or without tomato sauce. And great microwaved to reheat. Will definitely make again.
I made these for Christmas dinner. What a hit they were.
So good. Seriously Sharp made the dough so flavorful. I will definitely make this recipe again.