Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tortilla Roll-up Christmas Tree

I've had this tortilla roll-up tree on my list of things to make for the past two Christmases, but it kept getting put on the back burner due to other recipes, time constraints, etc. When hubby came home from work and gave me short notice on a Christmas potluck this week however, I knew I had all the ingredients for this and decided to see if I could make it work. I have no idea how it actually looked when it was unwrapped from its thousand of layers of plastic wrap, but I thought it looked rather festive when I was actually photographing it.

I'll give you the dip recipe I used to spread on the tortillas but feel free to use your own favorite roll-up combination. The tortillas I used were Mission Garden Spinach Herb and I chose to use spinach leaves between the layers (because I had them,) but you could use curly parsley or even romaine lettuce leaves. A finely chopped roasted red pepper from a jar adds a touch of holiday red, and a piece of yellow pepper cut into a star adorns the top of the tree. The entire project from the start of making the dip to finishing the tree took me less than an hour. However, on a side note to the co-irkers, please bypass hubby and start sending the emails directly to me for future events. It keeps him out of the doghouse, if you know what I mean.

Judy's Cheese Spread (This also makes a fantastic cracker dip)

2 (8-oz) packages of light cream cheese, room temperature
2 (3-oz) packages dried beef, finely diced (I do mine in the food processor)
1 (5 oz) jar of Kraft pimento cheese spread
1 (5 oz) jar of Kraft Old English cheese spread
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine all of the above and mix thoroughly.


Nanan said...

That is the most festive - beautiful tree I have ever seen!!! I favor savory things - and I love, love, love this!!!!! Yet again, you are my hero!!! I wish I were a co-irker!!!!!
Merry Christmas!!!!!

June said...

Wow Mags, this is really impressive (and delicious I'll bet). As for hubby in the dog house, he has plenty of company. Mine turned off the oven last night when he was "helping" in the kitchen. Uhhh - there was still 1 plus hours left for the lamb to cook. He's also pulled the same potluck stunt too. Men..can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. LOL

Julie said...

This is perfect for any Christmas celebration. I wish I had seen this before I decided on my appetizer to take for Christmas Eve. Everyone loves roll ups, this is so perfect.

I would love to see an after picture, though...wonder what it looked like when hubs got it to work. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, I was going to make Deviled Eggs but this looks so much more festive! :) Thanks once again for a great idea.


SeattleDee said...

What an attractive solution to your challenge. The co-irkers were lucky to enjoy a tasty treat that was easy-to-eat as well. Mags, you rock under pressure!

Sue said...

Oh my gosh, I need to quit looking at your I have another thing to add to my list! I love it, and it's not sweet! :)

marla said...

Now this is a super creative & cute idea for holiday entertaining!

Erika said...

This is completely beautiful!

Pam said...

This is fantastic!!!

Angie said...

This is the most darling, cutest thing ever, how amazing!

Frieda said...

Oh. My...You totally surpassed my expectations! I was picturing a 2 dimensional "tree" pattern laid out on a tray. You made it 3D!! So cool!

Karen said...

Adorable and the dip sounds pretty tasty.

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

AHHH! This is SO cool. I need to make it.

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Maria said...

What a fun idea for holiday parties! Merry Christmas!

Haden News said...

I LOVE when food looks cute...this is adorable!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

scrambledhenfruit said...

I LOVE it! That would be so perfect for a holiday party, short notice or not! When I'm given short notice, all my hubby gets is a cheese ball. :)

Moogie said...

Mags.... another fabulous creation. Are you trying to impress Santa?

Design Wine and Dine said...

Seriously awesome. I could see this with sushi too - but love the tortillas! Love it as always!

Barbara Bakes said...

Such a fun festive idea. Love the note to the co-irkers. Merry Christmas!

Claire @ Claire K Creations said...

Oh wow! I made green sandwiches like this for a Christmas cocktail party. I wish I'd thought to make a tree!

Co Irker said...

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
How yummy were thy branches,
You were made just in time,
So cute that to eat you seemed a crime,
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree,
How yummy were thy branches.

Mags, you are amazing under pressure! This was not only visually stunning - it tasted incredible.

That being said, in the future I promise to email you personally and skip the middle man.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Thank you our tantalizing, tree trimming Tannenbaum.


Snooty Primadona said...

Mags, I love this idea and can't wait to take it to next year's Desert Duffers Gals Christmas Gift Exchange & Luncheon. Everyone will absolutely LOVE it! Awesome looking & I'll bet it tastes even better.

Shelby said...

What a cool treat! Makes me want to have a PARTY! ;)

Mary said...

I really love this idea, Mags. What a clever presentation. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Lynda said...

I love this idea- cute and festive! Thanks for sharing it !
Have a wonderful Christmas!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

That is so great! I can't wait to make it!

Merry Merry Christmas! May your stocking be filled with blessings!

Hugs, Carrie

redforever said...

I made this and it turned out great. In fact, some of the ladies took pics with their cellphones!!!

I used a filling that had cream cheese, feta cheese, and dried cranberries, and so never used the red pepper as the cranberries did the same job and tied in with the XMAS theme.

Thx for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Ah! Ha!!! What a fabulous, fun and festive appetizer for Christmas Eve. My family has switched from the traditional turkey to lots of appetizers. Much as I hate breaking with tradition, this will make for a happy smile on lots of little faces. And a delicious, nutritious and filling food.

Hooray Mags - you're the Bomb.
Merry Christmas!