Crackers and Cheese Appetizers

yummy party snacks for any age



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These easy and quick crackers and cheese appetizers work for any party, from kids' birthday parties to dinner parties.

We have several recipes to please any of your guests with simple party snacks like chili-cheese crackers, turkey cheddar crackers and spicy bean snacks.

Cheese and crackers are the easiest and most affordable appetizers you can make and serve.

Spicy Bean Snackers

Prep 5 min. Total 5 min. 30 sec.

Ingredients:

24 square crackers
(we recommend Triscuit or Wheat Thins)

2 oz. Sharp Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup refried beans

1/4 cup thick-n-chunky medium salsa

Makes 12 servings, 2 crackers each

Healthy substitutes: Make with reduced-fat crackers and low-fat cheese

Directions:

Cut cheese into 6 slices; cut each slice crosswise in half. Top 12 crackers with 1 tsp. beans, 1 piece cheese and 1 tsp. salsa. Cover with remaining crackers.

Place 6 covered crackers on microwavable plate. Microwave on HIGH 10 -15 seconds or until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining crackers.

Crackers and Cheese with Chili

Prep/Total 10 min.

Ingredients:

24 crackers (round or square)

3 oz. sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chili with beans, warmed

2 Tbsp. finely chopped onions

Makes 12 servings, 2 crackers each

Healthy substitutes: Make with reduced-fat crackers and low-fat cheese

Directions:

Cut cheese into 12 slices; cut each slice diagonally in half.

Top crackers with cheese, chili and onions. Serve.

Turkey and Cheddar Crackers

Prep 10 min. Total 13 min.

Ingredients:

24 crackers (round or square)

24 slices deli turkey breast meat

3 small plum tomatoes, cut into 8 thin slices each

6 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 24 slices

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, optional

Makes 12 servings, 2 crackers each

Healthy substitutes: Make with reduced-fat crackers and low-fat cheese

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place crackers on baking sheet; top with 1 slice turkey, 1 slice tomato and 1 slice cheese.

Bake 3 min. or until cheese begins to melt; top with mustard if desired.

Option 2: Place 8 topped crackers on microwaveable plate. Microwave on HIGH 15 sec. or until cheese begins to melt. Repeat with remaining crackers.

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