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Play with Your Food

The best part about being an adult is sometimes getting to break a rule or two. I wish I had a dime for every time I heard “don’t play with your food” as a kid.  Time to throw that one out, get your hands in there, be creative, and impress your friends with your art d’ cuisine!

This Ladybug Appetizer recipe is from Taste of Home. My friend Lauren Weissenberger made it for us one night and I have to say, it was quite yummy and fun to eat!

ladybug appetizer

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons sour cream

Black paste food coloring

1/2 teaspoon minced chives

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

1/8 teaspoon minced fresh parsley

36 butter-flavored crackers

18 cherry tomatoes, quartered

18 large pitted ripe olives

72 fresh chive pieces (about 1-1/2 inches long)

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Remove 1 tablespoon to a small bowl and tint black. Place tinted cream cheese mixture in a small plastic bag; set aside.

Add the chives, garlic salt and parsley to the remaining cream cheese mixture. Spread over crackers. Arrange two tomato quarters on each for the ladybug wings. For heads, halve the olives width wise; place one half on each cracker. Insert two chives into olives for antennae. Use tinted cream cheese mixture to pipe spots onto wings. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (3 each) equals 86 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 187 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Don’t stop here! There is so much more fun to have……

Have some art d’ cuisine of your own? Please share!!!


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