Cheesy Spiders

cheesy spiders

Erik Kran

These cheesy spiders have breadcrumb fur and chow mein noodle legs, making them a great finger food, or a melty-crunchy garnish on top of bubbling bowls of stew.

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Yields: 24 servings
Total Time: 0 hours 10 mins



8-oz package cream cheese, softened


16-oz package shredded cheese

Black paste food coloring


3.5-oz package round rice crunch crackers (or 24 of any round cracker) 


cup chow mein noodles


Mix 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese with food coloring to tint black. Spoon into a resealable bag; set aside.Beat remaining cream cheese with all but 1 cup of the shredded cheese until blended. Shape mixture into 1 1⁄4-inch balls.Place remaining shredded cheese in a shallow bowl. Roll balls in cheese to coat. Place one ball on a cracker. Insert 8 chow mein noodles into each ball as legs of the spider. Snip a very small corner from the bag with black cream cheese., then pipe eyes on each spider.

MAKE AHEAD: Do not put on crackers until ready to serve. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.

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