Monday, December 17, 2012

Green Pesto Crescent Roll Christmas Tree Appetizers plus a Giveaway

Green Pesto Crescent Roll Christmas Tree Appetizers

My most popular project here on Hungry Happenings is my Crescent Roll Carrots and I've been thinking a lot about variations of this idea and am finally sharing one today. There are a lot of you who have purchased the cream horn forms to make those carrots, and I thought you'd like another recipe that will put them to use. 

I tried to come up with a way of creating a green Christmas tree out of Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets and didn't want to just use food coloring. I wanted to create a tree that would taste great all on it's own, but could be filled too. There were a few failed attempts, but I finally landed on something I think tastes great and looks festive and fun for a Christmas party.

Each of the trees pictured above is coated with green pesto and sprinkled with some Parmesan cheese to make them look snow covered. I think the Christmas Tree Appetizers look good just as they are, but it would also be fun to decorate them, if you want to take that kind of time.

For the tree pictured at left, I cut some roasted red peppers into small circles and attached them to one of my trees. I also added a small star to the top, which fell off once baked. This tree was covered in dill, which I thought looked great, but ultimately tasted like you were eating grass on a crescent roll, so I don't suggest it, but I do love the addition of the red Christmas ornaments. 

Green Pesto Christmas Tree Appetizers (makes 12-15)

You'll need:

flour to dust cutting board
Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheets or puff pastry
about a cup of pesto (store bought or homemade - see recipe below)
2-3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Supplies:



cutting board
pizza wheel or knife
baking sheet lined with parchment paper or non-stick tin foil
tongs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Dust cutting board liberally with flour. Unroll Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet onto cutting board. Use a pizza wheel or knife to cut the dough into 3/8 inch wide strips. Wrap one strip around each of your cream horn forms in a spiral. 


Set your crescent dough covered cream horn forms on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Liberally brush green pesto all over your crescent roll trees.


Place in a preheated oven and bake for about 8 minutes until the trees get golden brown.


Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle on Parmesan cheese. Return to oven for 30 seconds, just to make sure the cheese melts enough to stick to the trees.



While your crescent roll Christmas trees are still hot, remove them from the cream horn forms. Hold the open end of the cream horn mold with tongs. Gently tug on the widest end of the crescent roll tree and slowly pull it off the cream horn mold.


Serve your Green Pesto Christmas Tree Appetizers warm or cold. You can bake them ahead of your party and re-heat them before serving.  They taste great all on their own, but if you prefer, you can fill them with something savory, like I did with the crescent roll carrots. I used ham and egg salad for the carrots, but chicken salad or a cheese spread would taste great in these pesto trees.


If you'd like your trees to stand up, you will need to trim the bottoms to level them out. Just cut off any bumps using kitchen shears (scissors.) If any of the trees come apart when you pull them off the cream horn forms, just serve the now spiral tree alongside the whole trees, like I did!

Before I move onto the new giveaway, I want to congratulate Danielle.
Her comment was randomly chosen
and she has won a set of custom food labels
 from Bottle Your Brand.

If you didn't win, don't fret, 
I'm hosting another holiday giveaway today.
After you read about this savory edible craft for Christmas,
you will find out how you can win some
Extra Virgin Olive Oil from The Village Press. 


Now, onto the giveaway and pesto recipe...


Recently The Village Press sent me a 34 ounce box of their 100% First Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil to try. Yes, I said a box. It's quite unique. The olive oil is packaged in a food-grade bag fitted inside a box which keeps it from being exposed to light which can interfere with the integrity of the oil and cause rancidity. 

Unlike a bottle that you pour, the box has a tap that you just open to allow the oil to drain out. As the oil flows out of the bag, the bag collapses on itself so air does not oxidize the oil. Pretty ingenious packaging that is totally recyclable, which I totally love (I recycle everything!)

I really enjoyed the buttery flavor of this oil which is made in New Zealand using Barnea olives. The oil has a pleasant green color and was a great addition to my homemade pesto.


Green Basil Pesto Recipe:

1/3 cup toasted pine nuts (see how to toast nuts here)
4-5 cloves roasted garlic (see directions here) or use 2-3 raw garlic cloves for a sharper flavor
2 1/4 cups packed basil leaves
7 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese or good quality Parmesan

Place the pine nuts, roasted garlic, and basil leaves in a food processor and pulse until the leaves and nuts are chopped. With the food processor running, drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil. Then add the cheese and pulse just to combine. 

NOTE: For really bright green pesto - before you begin the pesto recipe, bring a pot of water to a boil. Drop in the basil leaves. Stir for 20-30 seconds. Then immediately remove the basil and place in an ice water bath to cool. Spin dry in a salad spinner then proceed with the recipe above. 

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65 comments:

  1. This olive oil sounds delicious!

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  2. The trees are such a cute idea and would great on the dinner table on Christmas!
    I have never seen olive oil in a box.

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  3. I love using olive oil and I do make pesto, so this would be a fantastic prize - thanks for the chance!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  4. I already like Hungry Happenings on Facebook - thanks for a yummy giveaway!
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  5. it looks nice and delicious !
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  6. I love those metal forms. They are so easy to work with!

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  7. I follow you on Facebook.
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  8. I think these would be great with chicken salad. I will have to try them.
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  9. I am a follower on Pinterest.
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    1. Congratulations Carole, you have won the Extra Virgin Olive Oil from The Virgin Press. Merry Christmas. Please send your mailing information to beth@hungryhappenings.com and I'll forward it on to the company.

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  11. What a cute idea! I was planning to bake some dill rolls or some other bread to go with dinner, but I might have to try a version of this now if I can rig something to use for the cones.

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  15. i use olive oil all the time brings out the flavor

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  16. Going to give these a try. They are so cute!
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  17. I'm following on Twitter..
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  18. I'm following on Pinterest.
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  19. I've never made my own pesto before - you have inspired me!

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  21. I'd love to win!
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  23. Wow, I've never seen boxed olive oil before. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. The Olive Oil sounds delicous. The box sounds brilliant!
    I will look to see if they sell it at Dorothy Lane Market.

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  27. I'm up for anything pesto and those are darling. But I'll skip the Pillsbury crescent rolls and go directly to the puff pastry. I've been wanting an excuse to buy cream horn molds. I already have cannoli tubes.

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  28. I just have to try this olive oil. It sounds delicious!

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  29. What a creative treat! I have those cream horn molds. I'm gonna give this a try. :) Love this Olive Oil giveaway.

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  33. Always looking for a great Olive Oil to try!

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  34. Thank you for such a creative idea. I had not seen the carrots before. And thanks for the pesto recipe. Can't wait to try it.

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  35. I am already a follower of Hungry Happenings.

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  36. Oh, keep the great ideas comming!!!!

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  37. Would love to win the olive oil. You come up with really unique ideas.

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  38. Adorable trees - and they look so tasty!

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  42. This is great for an appetizer, the pesto works really well for it, too, and would be delicious.

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  43. Just started following you on Pinterest. Can't wait to start making some of your awesome creations!

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