I fell in love with this Christmas wreath the moment I saw it. If you’re not new to my blog, you may already know that I am very sensible to beautiful recipes (that have to be tasty too).
This Christmas wreath is so simple to prepare and adds such a beautiful decoration to your holidays table. I have prepared it more times and it is always a success.
A mandatory thing is that you cannot overboil the broccoli florets. You really have to boil them for a couple of minutes and then transfer them into a bowl with cold water (better if with some ice cubes inside). This tactic will keep the green brilliant and it is important for the final result.
I found this enchanted recipe in the populat Taste of Home site. I changed a couple of ingredients for more familiar ones and I can tell you that this Christmas wreath will be on my Christmas table this year too ;-).
- broccoli florets
- cherry tomatoes
- 2 slices of cheese
- 1 red pepper
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- ½ tso dried dill
- ¼ tsp dried garlic
- ¼ cup pitted olives
- ¼ cup thinly chopped shallots
- Wash the broccoli and cut the florets and use the rest for another dish.
- Put water to boil in a capacious pan.
- When it boils, pour in the broccoli florets.
- In the meanwhile prepare a bowl with cold water and add some ice cubes to it.
- Keep it close to the boiling pan.
- When the water begins to boil, set your timer to 2 minutes and after this time take the broccoli florets out of the boiling water using a perforated spoon and put them into the cold water.
- This will keep the broccoli color vivid.
- Prepare the dip mixing the cream cheese, mayonnaise, dill, garlic, shallot and olives. Mix until well combined and let it rest in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours.
- Take a big white round dish. Put a ramekin in the middle where you will put the dip.
- Arrange the broccoli florets creating the wreath. Add the cherry tomatoes.
- Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut some stars from the cheese and place them between the broccoli and cherry tomatoes.
- Cut the red pepper forming the ribbon pieces and place them at the bottom of the wreath.
- Merry Christmas and buon appetito!