Grand Old Flag Cheese Spread

103  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 15 min total
  • Makes 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 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


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


  • Place  cream cheese between 2 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, shredded cheese side down. Remove waxed paper.
  • Arrange  3 rows of olives in top left corner of cream cheese rectangle for the stars of a US flag. Use rounded end of 1/4 tsp. measuring spoon to make 4 (1/4-inch-deep) lengthwise rows in remaining cream cheese mixture, leaving a 1/4-inch-wide space between every 2 rows. Fill rows with salsa for the flag's stripes.
  • Serve  with the crackers.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseSince this showstopping spread makes 12 servings, it's the perfect appetizer to serve at your next Memorial Day or 4th of July gathering.

Variation For a sweet twist, prepare recipe 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.


Nutrition Information

Makes 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 160 
    • Total fat 12 g
    • Saturated fat 5 g
    • Cholesterol 20 mg
    • Sodium 250 mg
    • Carbohydrate 11 g
    • Dietary fiber 0 g
    • Total sugars 2 g
    •     Includes added sugars 1 g
    • Protein 3 g
    • Vitamin A 8 %DV
    • Vitamin C 0 %DV
    • Vitamin D 0 %DV
    • Calcium 4 %DV
    • Iron 4 %DV
    • Potassium 0 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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