So I read this on instagram the other day. " I have OCD, Obsessive Christmas Disorder" and thought to myself- yay!!! I have company!!!
The city I live in, has a foodie community and in order to jazz up things, they have a winterfest of sorts going on. #FIAwinterenergizer. So what they basically do is assign 4 winter-y ingredients every week and the community enthusiasts have to use 3 of those 4 ingredients to come up with an innovative dish. Oh and this is going to happen for 4 weeks!! yayyyyy!!!
And well, you know me, I like to mix it all up. Christmas + wintergizer all in one!! So here's my entry- Edible Christmas Trees. Its an hors d'ouvres of sorts. Simple to make and soooooo delicious!! Its sure to be a hit at an Xmas soiree! Be the hostess(host) with the mostest, why don't ya?!
The 4 ingredients allotted this week were
The obvious choice would have been to make a dessert. But you never know how inspiration is going to strike! So here we go!! Giddyup for the fast short ride!!
Time taken: 20 mins
1 cup parsley leaves
1 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbsp yogurt
3 garlic cloves
salt to taste
2-3 ready thin crust pizza base/ pita bread/ flat bread (any bread thats flat)
1 carrot, shredded
1 small red bell pepper, finely diced
few almond slivers for garnish
Pinch o' love
To assemble pesto, I combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend! Meanwhile, it is extremely advisable to have Christmas songs playing in the background. Michael Buble singing Jingle bells or Elvis singing the Blue Christmas... really brings on the festive spirit. Just sayin'! (missing a couple steps in the collage but you get the idea..)
Dunk your pinky in the blender to taste if the pesto is well seasoned. Adjust if required.
To assemble the christmas trees, cut the pizza in 6 triangles. I cut one pizza in a large triangle and others in small ones. You do whatever floats your boat!!
Place them to bake in the oven for 5-7 on 180C mins till the base turns crispy.
Lay a triangle on a plate
Spread the creamy pesto. I still had a few chunks of cashews n almonds strewn across but that only adds to the texture.
Add the shredded carrot like tinsel running through the tree.
The red bell peppers and slivered almonds are your ornaments. Garnish with a few parsley leaves so it makes it look all the more tree-like.
I zested a lemon over the tree because yellow lights!!!
How pretty!! My Edible Christmas Tree!! Indulge!