“Christmas Tree” Sandwiches

At BlogHer and BlogHer Food this year, I got asked (and so did the children) whether we actually ATE the recipes I post. Well, sometimes. Sometimes one appears too retro fab not to share but my family screams as soon as I flip the page open. This recipe is one I can’t even convince Denise to buy the groceries for a demonstration project.
Christmas Tree Sandwiches
Your family might be more fun. Or you might be invited to a tacky themed holiday pot luck. Or your elderly mother or grandmother might smile fondly when you make this recipe. My mother smiled about it and described a similar dish from back in the day when I described it the other day.

In any case, retro appetizers and party foods are always popular this time of year…right?

“Christmas Tree” Sandwiches

(2 Variations)
Yes, the quotation marks appear in the official name of the recipe-as does the 2 variations

*20 slices white bread
1 4 1/2 ounce can deviled ham
1 3-oz package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
1 8-oz pkg package cream cheese, softened
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tablespoon milk
Green vegetable coloring
Wide strip orange peel.

**20 slices dark bread
2 4 1/2 oz cans deviled ham
4 tablespoons chopped raisins
4 tablespoons chopped nuts
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tablespoon milk
Wide strip orange peel

*Variation 1: TO cut out “tree” shape (triangle) start at top center of bread slice, cut down to the right corner of slice, then down to left corner. Trim remaining crust: repeat to make 20 “trees”. Combine deviled ham, cream cheese and marmalade. Spread half the slices with deviled ham mixture, top with remaining slices. To form loaf, stand sandwiches up right on a platter. Chill. Combine cream cheese, cottage cheese, milk and 4 drops coloring. Cut out 10 stars from orange peel. Place “stars” on center top of each sandwich. Frost loaf with cheese mixture. At serving time, cut between stars to separate sandwiches.

**Variation 2: Proceed as above, use dark bread instead of white. Combine deviled ham, raisins, and nuts for filling; and omit green coloring from the cheese frosting.

From Sandwich and Party Snack Cook Book, 1964


  1. My mother actually made those one year when I was younger *shudder* It did not go over well with the family. Denise is right on this one!

  2. This is just so weird that I really am going to have to try it out. I’m fairly sure it’ll be horrific though!

    I’ll be doing variation 1. Without the raisins!

  3. Be sure to take pics when you do Richard! I want to see!

  4. Well it seems to be a variation of the well known *party loaf*, except for the addition of the cottage cheese. Sounds to me like that would add an unpleasant texture to the cream cheese frosting.

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