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Spring Snack Delight: Ladybug Crackers


Spring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate the season of renewal and growth than with a playful and delicious snack? These adorable Ladybug Crackers are not only a feast for the eyes but also a treat for the taste buds. Perfect for a sunny afternoon picnic or a cheerful gathering with friends, these little critters are sure to bring smiles all around. Let's dive into the recipe!


Ingredients:

  • 24 RITZ Crackers

  • 6 bocconcini (1-inch fresh mozzarella cheese balls), each cut into 4 slices

  • 24 fresh basil leaves

  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 6 pitted black olives, quartered

  • 1 green onion, green part only cut into 48 thin strips

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze

  • ¼ teaspoon black sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Base: Lay out the RITZ Crackers on a serving platter or tray.

  2. Assemble the Ladybugs: Top each cracker with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese and a basil leaf.

  3. Add the Details: Now, let's bring our ladybugs to life! Place half a cherry tomato on each cracker for the body of the ladybug. Use a quarter piece of black olive for the head and two thin strips of green onion for the antennae.

  4. Finishing Touches: Lightly brush each ladybug with balsamic glaze for a hint of sweetness, then sprinkle with black sesame seeds to add a delightful crunch.

Tips:

  • Customize with Pepper: If you prefer a bit of heat, substitute black sesame seeds with coarsely cracked black pepper for an extra kick.

  • Flight of Fancy: For an added touch of whimsy, try cutting cherry tomato halves in half again and arranging them slightly fanned out on the crackers to give the impression of wings.

  • Swap Out the Onion: If you're not a fan of green onions, thin fresh chive strips make a fantastic substitute for the antennae.

These Ladybug Crackers are not only a delightful snack but also a fun culinary project that the whole family can enjoy making together. Whether you're hosting a garden party or simply looking to brighten up your snack time, these little critters are sure to bring joy to any occasion. So, gather your ingredients and let your creativity take flight with these adorable springtime treats!

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