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Grand Old Flag Cheese Spread

Summary

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

What You Need

  • 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
  • Your favorite NABISCO crackers assortment such as RITZ, TRISCUIT, WHEAT THINS, PREMIUM Saltines

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve as a spread with crackers.
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.

Cooking time (duration)

Prep: 15 min. Total: 15 min.

Number of servings (yield)

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

Category

Appetizer

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