“Uccello” Cucumber Christmas Trees

“Uccello” Cucumber Christmas Trees

Nov 27, 2023Anita MacKenzie

Uccello, which means "bird" in Italian, inspired the name for these cucumber and cheese appetizers. These little tree-shaped bites are perfect for adding a fun and festive touch to your holiday veggie and dip platters.

Uccello Cucumber Christmas Trees with Bird cocktail picks

Prep Time: 10 minutes Servings:


  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 1 small container of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small block of your favorite cheese (Cheddar, Monterrey, etc.)
  • 6 Bird olive/cocktail picks


Wash the vegetables and pat dry. 

Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and set them aside.

Use a mandolin or vegetable peeler to slice the cucumbers into long thin strips. 

Cut your cheese into small cubes. These will be the base of your tree.

Assemble your trees: Start with the tomato half with the cut side down, pulling it through to the top of the pick. Next, add the cucumber strips onto the pick in a back-and-forth wavy pattern. Hint: Start with the smallest slices, adding the longer ones to the base to create the Christmas tree shape. Finish with a cheese cube. Repeat until you’ve made all 6 cucumber Christmas trees. 

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You can prepare your vegetables ahead of time. Keep them covered in the refrigerator but wait to assemble your trees until right before serving. To serve, place them around a crudités platter with other raw vegetables and a delicious sauce for dipping. Or if it’s just a special treat for one or two people, place them on a small plate and enjoy them on their own or with creamy dill veggie dip.  

Products:  Birds Olive/Cocktail Picks

Recipe and photos by: Giuseppe @gcdolceliving 

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