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Christmas Tree Appetizer

Christmas Tree Appetizer, an easy and delicious appetizer! Flavorful bruschetta in the shape of a Christmas Tree! So delicious and so fun!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 people
Calories 85kcal
Author Lisa


For the bread:

  • 1 large baguette sliced into ¼ inch rounds
  • Olive Oil for brushing

For the tomatoes:

  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 6 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cans of RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • ½ cup of basil washed and chopped
  • 1 tbs salt
  • ½ cup balsamic oil


Easy Bruschetta Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Slice your baguette and place bread pieces on a baking sheet. Brush both sides of bread slices with olive oil.
    baguette pieces with oil on them before toasting
  • Toast bread for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown, turning halfway through so both sides get browned.
    toasted baguette pieces
  • In a small saucepan heat 6tbs olive oil and add the minced garlic*. Sautee garlic until fragrant and browned. Once sautéed remove pan from heat and set aside.
    sauteed garlic
  • Drain your 2 cans of RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies then pour into a medium sized bowl. Rinse, dry, and thinly slice your basil then add to the tomatoes. Add the salt, balsamic oil, and all the oil and garlic from the sauté pan into the tomatoes. Stir until combined the allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
    bruschetta in a bowl

Christmas Tree Appetizer

  • Layout the basil on a large platter in the form of a tree.
    make basil into the shape of a tree
  • Place the toasted bread over the basil.
    adding toasted bread over basil
  • Spoon bruschetta onto the toasted baguettes then add prosciutto and mozzarella as garland and bulbs on a tree.
    christmas tree appetizer on white platter


Tips and Tricks
  • I often will use a garlic press instead of minced garlic- takes less time and is much easier!
  • Build the Christmas Tree right before serving- you don't want the toasted baguettes to get soggy.


Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg