CRACKERS WITH CREAM CHEESE…& a bit on BLOGGER AID

“The Super Bowl is the No. 1 snack food consumption day of the year”
Frito Lays

Made these super easy snacks the other day … great as finger food, & they disappeared as fast as I made them. You can flavour them as creatively as you like, choosing different toppings. The ones I made had a sour cream & onion flavoured topping. I think buttermilk ranch dressing might add an interesting twang to them as well. You can also substitute the cream cheese for finely grated cheddar. Or, if you are lucky to get the brown sugar or honey butter variety, pipe on some peanut butter, or cream cheese topped with candied nuts…the possibilities are endless. Make an assorted platter! S I M P L E to make & ready as fast as you can pipe the cream cheese out, throw on the garnishing & you are set! Actually ltook me more time to click pictures, than it took to make them. They are on their way to Cathy @ Noble Pig for favourite crowd-pleasing Super Bowl recipes, the criteria being taste, originality and ease of preparation! She says, they should be ‘Basically, yummy and easy to eat food’. Here we get just the salted variety sold under the brand name of Monaco, Salto or Snacks Zig Zags. One of the more popular varieties sold overseas are Ritz crackers. Ritz crackers are a type of cracker designed to be eaten on their own, or with a topping. The Ritz Cracker Brand is made by a subsidiary of Kraft Foods. They are circular in shape, salted lightly on one side, and have small scalloping around the edges. Ritz were created in 1928 by the National Biscuit Company (or Nabisco). Ritz were probably named as such because anything glamorous, classy, or fancy was previously referred to as “ritzy”.[ Ritz can be found at the elegant Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where it is still a regular feature on the menu. Ritz crackers are available in the US in the following varieties: Original, Low Sodium, Reduced Fat, Whole Wheat, Roasted Vegetable and Honey Butter.

CRACKERS WITH CREAM-CHEESE
My recipe
Ingredients:
Yogurt – 1 kg; hung for 24 hours
Cream – 2 tbsp
Sour cream & Onion cream cheese/cheese spread – 2 tbsps
Juice of 1 lime
Salt & pepper to taste
Finely chopped bell peppers, spring onions with greens, fresh coriander etcMethod:

  • Whip the hung yogurt with the cream + cream cheese/cheese spread + juice of lime. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Put into a zip bag , snip off the corner in an inverted M, or use a big star nozzle & pipe cream cheese straight onto the crackers. Garnish with chopped peppers etc. These crackers are also headed for Original Recipes @ Culinarty for Lore’s ongoing event.

On another note, Ivy of Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality , Giz of Equal Opportunity Kitchen and Val of More Than Burnt Toast unveiled an ambitious project for our Social Network Bloggeraid to launch a cookbook. In their words…Food is our medium and taking a role in alleviating world famine is our mission. Our wish is that you will share our excitement and help make a difference to our world by joining us on this journey. We have announced our largest fundraiser to date ever!!!! With the help of Gloria Chadwick from Cookbook Cuisine , a member of Bloggeraid, we will be publishing a cookbook with 100% of the profit from sales being directed to our chosen agency. The funds we raise will be directed to specific programs of The World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations frontline agency. The needs are great and choosing a specific effort is currently being negotiated.This side, ‘Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes & French Beans’ is en route to BloggerAid for their special cookbook. The recipes for this event will be found within the pages of the book once it is published. Want to join in? Check out the link here.

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Comments

  1. Gloria says:

    Firstttt!!!! (With the spanish bloggers we said that) Hey Deeba so really nice dear!! but take care, you are a blogmachine how Peter said sometimes about Vall. I love your recipes and I was here at the afternoon! really nice pictures.
    I voted!!!! huggs!!!! Gloria

  2. Snooky doodle says:

    These look so good! I bet I ll have to make extra doses of this since they ll disappear in jif :)

  3. Komal-Nishka says:

    Deeba,

    I believe this one’s for me (for my request of more simple recipes :)

    I have to try this one though just one question – what cream are you talking about? Fresh cream? We get cream here in tins – would that work?

    Also, I have to tell you this – my mom-in-law hosted a tea yesterday for her friends and I made the cucumber cheese bites and everyone LOVED it.. :)

  4. Kitchen Flavours says:

    Wow simple and easy to make always tops my charts… Pics make me drool. Oven roasted potatoes and french beans make me drool…

  5. Deeba, this is absolutely the ultimate crowd pleasing snack. They’ll disappear quickly for sure.
    Cheers,
    Elar

  6. lisa (dandysugar) says:

    Wow, these look super tasty, I could eat a million of them alone! My kind of superbowl treat! I think I may sneak these into my boyfriend’s Superbowl Sunday party!

  7. Bellini Valli says:

    Congratulations on many notes topday Deeba. Firstly for your nomination as part of the wonderful team over at the Daily Tiffin. Secondly for this delicious side dish and gorgeous photo for our cookbook. Thanks for raising awareness for those who cannot do it for themselves. Hugs XO

  8. noble pig says:

    Thanks Deeba for this beautiful snack! And congrats on the nomination and your beautiful emtry to the cookbook!

  9. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Your photos make a simple cracker look so elegant!

  10. The Blonde Duck says:

    I never thought I would crave crackers, but I am!

  11. redkathy says:

    I’m in a snacking kinda mood these days, so much so that I linked up this post. Fast and easy are my favorites, Thanks!

  12. noobcook says:

    I love your bowl. Nice food styling =D

  13. I think I like the presentation as much as the crackers, gorgeous as always Deeba! Thanks for sharing them with Original Recipes :)

  14. I love your photos!!! Congratulations on your nomination! :)

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