I just love these savory, little ladybug appetizers from Taste of Home! Wouldn’t they be fun for a picnic or summer party? They just use Ritz crackers with cherry tomatoes and olives. The dots on them are made by mixing cream cheese and sour cream with black food coloring and then just piping it on to the bugs with a plastic sandwich bag. Love the chives for the antennae! So adorable and yummy!
2 ounces Cream Cheese (softened or cubed), 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 widthwise; 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.