Grand Old Flag Cheese Spread

68  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 15 min total
  • Makes 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and five crackers each.

A flattened rectangle of cream cheese is cleverly decorated with olive “stars” and salsa “stripes” to resemble a flag.

Grand Old Flag Cheese Spread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar-Jack cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced pitted black olives
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  •  RITZ Crackers

Instructions

  • Place  cream cheese between two sheets of waxed paper. Roll out to 6x4-inch rectangle with rolling pin. Remove top sheet of waxed paper; coat top and sides of cream cheese with shredded cheese. Invert onto serving plate. Remove waxed paper.
  • Arrange  three rows of olives in top left corner of cream cheese rectangle for the "stars" of the "flag." Make four 1/4-inch-deep rows, using rounded end of 1/4-tsp. measuring spoon for the "flag's stripes," leaving a 1/4-inch-wide space between the rows. Fill rows with salsa. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve  as a spread with crackers.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseThis spread serves 12 and is a perfect appetizer for your Memorial Day or 4th of July barbecue.

Variation For a sweet twist, prepare as directed substituting chopped toasted walnuts for the shredded cheese, 20 small blueberries for the olives and strawberry jelly for the salsa. Serve with crackers as directed.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and five crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 160 
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Sodium 270 mg
  • Carbohydrate 11 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 2 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Vitamin A 6 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 6 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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