Spicy Pull-Apart Christmas Tree Bread

Wisconsin Cheese Spicy Pull-Apart Christmas Tree Bread  Recipe
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Active Time
30 Minutes


Red Pepper Dipping Sauce:

Tree Bread:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Monterey Jack or Parmesan can be used in this recipe.


Red Pepper Dipping Sauce:

  1. Place the sauce ingredients into a food processor; cover and process until mixture is smooth. Set aside.

Tree Bread:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line a 15 x 10-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll pizza crust on a lightly floured cutting board into a rectangle, 9-inches long; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Cut crust widthwise into four strips, each 2 1/4-inches wide. Cut strips lengthwise yielding 16 rectangles.
  3. Cut pepper jack into 16 cubes, about 3/4-inch each. Wrap each rectangle around a pepper jack cube; seal dough around cheese. Roll dough into balls. 
  4. Arrange balls into a tree shape on prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes. Meanwhile, combine butter and remaining garlic powder. Divide butter mixture in half; brush half of the mixture on rolls. 
  5. Cover with aluminum foil; bake for 10-12 minutes longer or until golden brown. Brush rolls with remaining butter mixture. Sprinkle with parsley and red pepper flakes.
  6. Serve rolls with reserved sauce.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Sartori suggests that once the cheese is open—to prevent it from drying out—wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place in a sealed bag or container. Store cheese in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. 

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