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Grand Old Flag Cheese Spread

Grand Old Flag Cheese Spread

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

Prep time15 min
Total time15min
ServingsMakes 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar-Jack cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced black olives
  • ¼ 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-Wise
    Since 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

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 12g 
   Saturated fat 5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 20mg 
Sodium 250mg 
Carbohydrate 11g 
   Dietary fiber 0g 
   Total sugars 2g 
   Added sugars 1g 
Protein 3g 
Vitamin A8 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium4 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium0 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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