Sweet 'N Creamy Bites

3  Ratings
  • 55 min prep
  • 55 min total
  • Makes 2 doz. or 12 servings, 2 topped crackers each.

Sweet 'N Creamy Bites  Recipe


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (2 lb.)
  • 1 can (8 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 24 RITZ Crackers


  • Cut  squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place, cut-sides down, in large microwaveable dish; cover. Microwave on HIGH 10 min. Wrap kitchen towel around one of the squash halves, then squeeze squash. If squash gives slightly, it is cooked through. Cool squash. Use fork to remove strands of squash from each half; set aside.
  • Mix  pineapple, sugar, gingerroot and nutmeg in medium saucepan. Bring to boil on medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Add squash; mix well. Cook an additional 30 min., stirring occasionally. Cool. Remove 3/4 cup of the squash mixture for immediate use. Place remaining squash mixture in resealable container or jar. Cover and store in refrigerator to serve another time.
  • Spread  1 tsp. of the cream cheese onto each cracker; top with 1 tsp. of the squash mixture.

Recipe Tips

Creative LeftoversUse remaining squash mixture as a spread on bread slices or as a glaze for cooked pork.

Food FactsThis preserve is a traditional South American favorite. In Colombia it is called vitoria, while in Bolivia it is known as lacayote.


Nutrition Information

Makes 2 doz. or 12 servings, 2 topped crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 80 
    • Total fat 3 g
    • Saturated fat 1 g
    • Cholesterol 5 mg
    • Sodium 70 mg
    • Carbohydrate 12 g
    • Dietary fiber 0 g
    • Total sugars 7 g
    •     Includes added sugars n/a
    • Protein 1 g
    • Vitamin A 0 %DV
    • Vitamin C 4 %DV
    • Vitamin D n/a
    • Calcium 0 %DV
    • Iron 0 %DV
    • Potassium n/a
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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