Grand Old Flag Cheese Spread

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

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Prep time:

0 min

Total time:

0 min



Ingredient list

  • 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

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Recipe Tips


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.