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Cream Cheese, Veggie, and Cracker Stackers

Updated on May 9, 2015

One of the biggest driving forces for culinary creativity is the desire to break away from the norm. In my case, it's the demand for variety expressed by my children... How many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can a couple kids eat, really, before they get bored? So, I sometimes have to find more interesting ways of feeding them, particularly with food items that we "normally" already have in the house.

Ingredients

  • 10 Ritz Crackers, Whole Wheat
  • 2.5oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Roma Tomato
  • 2in length Jumbo Cucumber, Unpeeled

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Two servings of five stackers each (or one of ten)

Our list for today: Ritz crackers (every household with kids has a box of those, right?), a bit of cream cheese, an average-sized Roma tomato, and a cucumber. To give yourself an idea of the "nutritional value" of this snack, consider that it's prepared with two servings of crackers and two and a half servings of cream cheese. We'll ignore the values of the tomato and cucumber, as they're not really influential in this case.

Quick Note

A normal package of cream cheese is 8oz with a serving size of 1oz. We'll be splitting the cream cheese servings into quarters for ease of application.

Instructions

  1. Remove ten crackers from the package and set aside. Put the remaining box of crackers away... if you're like me, you'll eat half the box while preparing the "snack." So, seriously, put it away.
  2. Thinly slice ten cucumber rounds, set aside.
  3. Thinly slice the tomato into discs (should yield a total of ten discs) and set aside.
  4. Use a butter knife and the markings on the packaging to make lines on the top surface of the cream cheese where each half ounce would be. Just make the lines, don't cut through yet. If your cream cheese package only shows full ounce markings, make those lines, then mark again where you estimate half would be.
  5. Create a second marking perpendicular to the lines you've just made to split each division into a quarter of an ounce. This time, cut through.
  6. Using your original markings, cut through the cream cheese to remove a quarter ounce with your knife.
  7. Applying the creme cheese downward onto the crackers only smears it everywhere. I prefer to lay the cream cheese onto the cracker with the knife between them, then to give the knife a bit of a twist against the cracker. This method catches the exposed cream cheese on the cracker, releasing the knife cleanly under the light pressure.
  8. Assemble the snack by topping the cream cheese with the tomato first, then the cucumber. You could reverse the order, but then you have to deal with tomato juice on your fingers while eating. With kids... that'll get messy pretty quickly. The cucumber at the top is a little more "dry" and keeps the assembly somewhat more secure.
  9. Transfer to a plate and serve.

What do you think?

5 stars from 1 rating of Cream Cheese and Veggie Cracker Stackers
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 5 Stackers
Calories 185
Calories from Fat126
% Daily Value *
Fat 14 g22%
Saturated fat 8 g40%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 38 mg13%
Sodium 239 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • Eddie Dagstanyan profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Dagstanyan 

      5 years ago from California

      Thanks for sharing my hub, Theresa. It's pleasant to receive such a compliment from a professor. :)

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great idea! But where were you when my kids were little. Oh, well, there was no HP then either. :) Sharing.

    • Eddie Dagstanyan profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Dagstanyan 

      5 years ago from California

      Mmm... basil definitely sounds like a winner. We grow it at home, so I think I'll have a go at it today. Good suggestion... Oh, and thanks for the "fan mail," Suzie. It's interesting to see all the ins and outs of HubPages that are still new to me. I plan to share a few more recipe ideas, so stay tuned. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddie, I like to use Basil, Oregano or a mix of Italian herbs. Any herbs you use with tomato or cheese dishes will work!

    • Eddie Dagstanyan profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Dagstanyan 

      5 years ago from California

      Thanks, everyone! I'm quite happy to see that this Hub is useful to you.

      @Suzie - Herbs... why didn't I think of that? Great idea! I'll have to play with some mixtures. Any suggestions?

      @Marcy - Luckily, my kids love Triscuits, too. :) They would probably pair well with the tomato... might have to try that soon.

      @pinto - Great! I'll try to come up with more ideas soon.

      @Crystal - Thank you! :) I'm quite happy with the simplicity.

    • Crystal Tatum profile image

      Crystal Tatum 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Looks like a recipe even I could make! Love cream cheese, so this is right up my alley. Voting up and useful.

    • pinto2011 profile image

      Subhas 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Eddie Dagstanyan! This is going to really help me the next time I scratch my head for snack.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Some of my favorite flavors here! I also enjoy Triscuits with 'snacky' things that are actually healthy. Kids probably prefer Ritz, though, if they don't like the texture of Triscuits. Nice ideas here!

    • Suzie HQ profile image

      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddie,

      I love all the ingredients for this snack and often have cream crackers, philidelphia cream cheese and a slice of tomato, salt, pepper and a sprinkle of mixed herbs . . . love it! Ritz I adore and cucumber so this is a winner! voted up, useful & shared!

    • Eddie Dagstanyan profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Dagstanyan 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you both! I'm glad it's worth reading. :D

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      Interesting recipe. And it does look really simple, easy and quick. Your many images look great and they help to show readers exactly how to make this recipe.

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      Susan 

      5 years ago from India

      Quick and easy recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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