Monday, February 2, 2009

Ladybug Appetizers


  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. snipped chives
  • 1/8 tsp. minced parsley
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic salt
  • Black paste food coloring
  • 36 butter-flavored crackers
  • 18 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 18 large pitted ripe olives
  • 72 fresh chive pieces (about 1 1/2" long)

  1. In small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream, chives, parsley, and garlic salt; mix well.
  2. Place 1 Tbsp. in small bag, tint black; set aside.
  3. Spread remaining cream cheese mixture onto crackers.
  4. Arrange two tomato quarters on each cracker for ladybug wings.
  5. For heads, halve the olives width wise; place one half on each cracker.
  6. Insert 2 chives into olives for antennae.
  7. Use tinted cream cheese to pipe spots on wings.

Makes 3 dozen. Instead of making the cream cheese mixture I have used Garden Vegt Cheese Spread, or French Onion Dip. I rarely add the antennae, and our kids still know its a ladybug!

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