Let’s Make D23’s Cheesy Pull-Apart Christmas Tree!

Do you have a dish that you make for which you have become recognized? On the team team that I was on for yrs in Maryland, I turned acknowledged for bringing Pampered Chef’s Taco Ring to the yearly team Christmas get together. It is a very simple, sharable dish that was beloved by every person. If I experienced ever confirmed up to the celebration devoid of that Taco Ring, there would have been YOU KNOW WHAT to shell out.

So when it arrived to deciding on today’s Saturday Treats recipe, I was drawn to a dish that could hopefully be for you and I what that ring manufactured of seasoned ground beef and cheese was for me back in the working day. Right now, we’ll be making D23’s Cheesy Pull-Apart Xmas Tree. Perfectly, technically, we’ll be creating D23’s Bob Cratchit’s Cheesy Pull-Apart Xmas Tree. Bless Bob’s heart, but I have no notion why they threw his title on this snack. No offense to Mr. Cratchit (or the adorable Little Tim), but we’ll be shortening the snack’s title from below.

In principle, this dish appears to be the most effective of all worlds. It entails pizza dough, two sorts of cheese, and garlic. Indeed, remember to. I had substantial hopes for this dish, yet 1 nagging thought hung out in the back of my head: would the little pizza dough balls actually hold their condition as soon as the full issues will get pulled out of the oven? I experienced visions of a big Xmas blob in my head. And I was anxious.

The component list options one thing that I’ve never purchased: Sweety Drop Miniature Peppers. The Walt Disney Earth cooks enjoy to use these tiny babies, and even though I’m often intrigued by them, I have under no circumstances actually little bit into just one. A quick Google look for manufactured it glimpse like my Publix carried these peppers, and I was hunting forward to trying them for the 1st time. Unfortunately, my World wide web lookup was a little bit too quick. Whilst Publix does checklist the Sweety Drop Peppers on their website, if I experienced seemed a lot more intently, I would have seen the tiny button that claims “Bring this product to your shop.” Whomp whomp. No dice. Right after a swift dialogue with an at any time-faithful generate team member, I resolved to seize a bag of small sweet peppers. The peppers are just meant to be attractive, so I figured I would make do with the sweet peppers in location of the Sweety Drop assortment.

Our first measures are to preheat the oven to 450 degrees and to chop two cloves of garlic as finely as probable. I went about the job and then extra the chopped garlic into a smaller bowl that held 1/4 cup of olive oil. Can we just agree that freshly chopped garlic is a person of the really most effective scents in all of kitchendom? Holy cow, it’s intoxicating. I gave the garlic and oil a swish and set the bowl aside as instructed.

My next mission was to roll 20 balls of pizza dough as evenly as feasible. This took a little bit of operate and I in the long run experienced to go again and acquire from the bigger dough balls to assistance make the some others. I finally received to a grand complete of 20, but, spoiler inform, not all 20 ended up desired. Let’s chat.

A single of my major pet peeves when creating the Saturday Snacks recipes is the fact that nine moments out of ten, the accompanying photo does not match the at-household model of the recipe that has been furnished. Take this recipe, for illustration. We’re requested to divide the pizza dough into about 20 balls. Now look carefully at the case in point picture earlier mentioned. There are approximately 94 dough balls in that tree. Nicely, not specifically 94, but you get what I suggest. C’mon, Disney, if you are gonna give us a recipe, make sure you for the appreciate of all matters sanity, in fact make the at-dwelling edition and involve a picture of that. Do not clearly show us what we can not reach if we stick to your recipe, present us what we can. Deep, cleansing breath…

I designed the determination at the grocery keep to simply call an audible and make the recipe employing mozzarella string cheese as a substitute of a block of mozzarella mainly because it would just be a lot easier. This was 100% the correct way to go. It’s the holiday seasons, and I don’t know about you, but I need to have things to be simpler, not more durable.

I calculated and minimize 3/4-inch pieces of string cheese, and tucked them within the dough balls, creating certain to re-roll the dough about the cheese.

My future phase was to go over my most significant baking sheet with parchment paper and attempt to location the dough balls in a Christmas tree formation. The balls need to slightly touch every single other, and, right after examining the illustration picture, I put the pizza dough balls (seam side down) the place I felt they should go. I scooted each and every row over and extra a single further dough ball for each row. And I ended up only needing 19 total dough balls. If you want a even larger tree, just get a 2nd bag of pizza dough and hold rolling people dough balls.

When the tree was assembled, I brushed that superb olive oil and garlic mixture more than the total surface. I used A Ton of that concoction, but did not appear shut to making use of it all. My Xmas tree would’ve been swimming in oil if I experienced.

I put the baking sheet into the oven and strike the timer for 15 minutes. At 10 or so minutes, I peeked into the oven and what satisfied my pondering eyes brought about a fist pump and a HALLELUJAH. It seemed soooo good.

At 15 minutes, that Xmas tree looked golden brown and basically like a Christmas tree. My Xmas blob fears were being all for naught, and I lifted the pan out of the oven for the upcoming step.

I sprinkled 1/4 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese on leading of the tree and placed it again in the oven for the essential 3 minutes. And I zapped a ramekin loaded with marinara in the microwave.

I also chopped a tiny bunch of fresh new basil to be sprinkled across the top of the tree when it arrived out of the oven. The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of basil, but I just eyeballed things and went with my desire.

The recipe phone calls for us to use sprigs of rosemary for garnish (in the instance, they’re only applied as decoration on the platter), but I opted not to invest in the rosemary. I really do not will need to stand on formality I have to have to get that warm cheese and bread into my mouth, thank you. It also asks us to use modest basil leaves for garnish, which I did considering that I was currently working with basil for the topping.

Right after the 3 minutes were up, I pulled the pan out of the oven and sprinkled the clean basil throughout the best of the tree. I also sliced a handful of of the small red sweet peppers and positioned them on top with the basil leaves. And I stood again and admired this simple and oh so quite holiday snack.

I commenced pulling the tree aside and chomping into the pieces. The bread was toasty and puffy and the air trapped within the dough created a hollow area. The melted cheese is in there, believe in me.

Dunking the parts in the sizzling marinara created the snack even better, and I beloved this snack all the way close to. Lovable and themed and delectable? Winner winner bread and cheese meal. Or, in my case, lunch.

Pals, we’ve appear to an additional holiday time here at Saturday Treats and I at the time again locate myself grateful for you. I’m so happy that you and I have gotten to have the Disney snack adventures that we have experienced. Thank you so considerably for looking at.

I’ll be getting a Xmas Saturday Snacks hiatus for the next two weeks, and I’ll be back again for more treats on January 8th. I would like you the happiest of vacations and may perhaps your New Calendar year be brilliant. You should have it.

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Completely ready to give D23’s Tacky Pull-Apart Xmas Tree a shot? You can do it! The recipe is below:

Bob Cratchit’s Cheesy Pull-Apart Christmas Tree


  • 14 oz. of premade pizza dough
  • Mozzarella cheese cut into 3/4” chunks
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Two cloves new garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of finely chopped basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Handful of compact basil leaves for garnish
  • Sweety Fall Miniature Peppers for garnish
  • Rosemary for garnish
  • Marinara for dipping


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the olive oil and garlic jointly and established apart.
  3. Divide the pizza dough into equal-sizing parts. You will will need about 20 parts to make the tree form.
  4. Make a ball with the dough, and carefully insert a piece of cheese into the heart. Be confident to seal the cheese within the dough so it will not escape even though baking.
  5. Location the balls seam aspect down on a parchment-included cookie sheet. Be positive to have them somewhat touching each and every other.
  6. Brush the dough with the olive oil garlic mixture.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or right until golden brown.
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and right away return to oven for about 3 minutes to toast the cheese.
  9. Sprinkle with the basil leaves and garnish with remaining elements.

Resource: D23.com