Thanks to the great folks at Nabisco and Latina Bloggers Connect for making this yummy Día del Niño recipe possible. As always, my comments, opinions and family traditions are my own.
When I think of how we’ll celebrate Children’s Day (Día del Niño) at home this year, I think about what my kids are into right now. Of course, every day is Children’s Day as far as I can tell, but why not make April 30th (as celebrated in Mexico) or June 12th (the second Sunday in June), extra special for the little ones?
So I’ve been watching to see what my kids are interested in lately, in order to plan a fun-filled day for them. As food is important at our family celebrations, I’m already making a list of foods I know they will enjoy, especially for their merienda.
For some, especially here in the United States, merienda is an afternoon snack between lunch and dinner. In my home, we’ve kept the practice I grew up with, which is a light snack in the evening, since we have our big meal in the afternoon. Whenever it is, though, it’s still a favorite of my kids.
I think they like it partly because, more often than not, it means smaller, easier and faster finger foods to eat. That’s always more fun for them since they want to be on the go. But stopping for a few minutes to enjoy a yummy snack is something they will do, especially if I offer something they cannot resist, like cheese and crackers.
Since they like cheese and crackers so much, I looked for inspiration at the Nabisco site, where there’s a variety of fun and delicious Latino-inspired recipes just right for Día del Niño, or any day. There, I found this queso fresco and avocado topper. I started with the concept, but added a little extra Latin twist. I whipped up a variation of my guacamole recipe and substituted queso fresco for bacon cream cheese, because who doesn’t love bacon right? Adding cream cheese worked out great because it holds to the crackers and there are fewer messes.
So here it is:
Bacon Cream Cheese and Avocado Topper
Makes 12 toppers
- 5 cherry tomatoes, washed and chopped
- 5-6 cilantro sprigs, washed and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ripe avocado
- salt to taste
- 12 Roasted Vegetable Ritz crackers, or other flavor of your choice
- 4 oz spreadable bacon cream cheese
In a bowl, mix cherry tomatoes, cilantro sprigs and lemon juice. Peel and chop avocado, add to tomato mixture, salt to taste. Set apart.
Take one cracker, spread a layer of bacon cream cheese and top with the avocado-tomato mix. Repeat until you finish with all the crackers.
For more easy-to-make, refreshing springtime recipes made with Ritz, and other Nabisco favorites like Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, and Honey Maid, click here. Also, be sure to visit the Día del Niño Nabisco Pinterest Board here for more Latin-inspired medienda ideas.
If you are inspired and want to try a recipe of your own, here is a coupon to get you started.
Happy Día del Niño!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nabisco. The opinions and text are all mine.