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Strawberry Balsamic Cream Cheese Bites

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5 from 3 votes
Strawberry Balsamic Cream Cheese Bites is an impressive but easy hors d'oeuvre with a combination of strawberries, vinegar, and pepper.
Prep Time 15 minutes
A completed strawberry balsamic cream cheese appetizer.

Strawberry Balsamic Cream Cheese Bites is a quick and easy hors d’oeuvre with the classic combination of sweet ripe strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and cracked black pepper. Combine those flavors with smooth cream cheese for a knockout strawberry appetizer!

This is a quick and easy appetizer with quite a sophisticated taste. This little bite combines strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and cracked black pepper – a classic of Italian cuisine – with the smooth flavor of cream cheese.

A completed strawberry balsamic cream cheese appetizer.

The contrast in flavors between the sweetness of the strawberries with the balsamic vinegar and black pepper is what makes this hors d’oeuvre so interesting.

To keep things simple, I used Triscuit crackers with cracked pepper and olive oil. If those aren’t available where you shop, simply mix a little olive oil and lots of cracked black pepper into the cream cheese and use a neutral flavored cracker for the base.

About the Ingredients

All ingredients needed for the recipe.
  • Crackers (Triscuit cracked pepper and olive oil crackers make the perfect base for this recipe.)
  • Cream Cheese (Have the cream cheese at room temperature to make spreading easier.)
  • Strawberries (You want to use the sweetest, ripest strawberries you can find.)
  • Balsamic Vinegar (Selecting balsamic vinegar can be complicated. If you need help choosing one, check out this guide from The Spruce Eats.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Strawberry Balsamic Cream Cheese Bites

  1. Wash the strawberries, remove the tops, and cut them in half.
  1. Place a teaspoon of cream cheese on each of the crackers.
  2. Top with a strawberry half.
  3. Place the assembled appetizers on a serving dish and add a drop or two of balsamic vinegar to the top of each strawberry.
A completed strawberry balsamic cream cheese appetizer.

What’s the difference between an hors d’oeuvre and an appetizer?


I referred to this recipe as both an hors d’oeuvre and an appetizer, but is there a difference? Technically, yes, and it has mostly to do with timing. An hors d’oeuvre is meant to be served at any time outside of a meal. It could be with cocktails in advance of dinner or by the pool in the afternoon, or just as a “snack.” An appetizer is considered to be the beginning of a meal and should be a complement to the main course. Now you know!

A completed strawberry balsamic cream cheese appetizer.

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A completed strawberry balsamic cream cheese appetizer.

Strawberry Balsamic Cream Cheese Bites

Strawberry Balsamic Cream Cheese Bites is an impressive but easy hors d'oeuvre with a combination of strawberries, vinegar, and pepper.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 appetizers
Calories: 89kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 12 whole grain crackers with cracked pepper and olive oil (recommend: Triscuit brand)
  • 12 teaspoons softened cream cheese
  • 6 ripe sweet strawberries, halved
  • Balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Wash the strawberries, remove the tops and cut them in half.
  • Place a teaspoon of cream cheese on each of the crackers and top with a strawberry half.
  • Place the assembled appetizers on a serving dish and add a drop or two of balsamic vinegar to the top of each strawberry.

Notes

In place of the recommended Triscuits, you can mix a little olive oil and lots of cracked black pepper into the cream cheese and use a neutral flavored cracker.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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Strawberry slices with balsamic vinegar and cream cheese on crackers.

— This post was originally published on April 29, 2010. It has been updated with new photos and additional information.

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  1. I tried this for a cooking club with a vanilla/strawberry theme. Since strawberries aren’t quite in season and not as sweet as they should be, I added 1/2 t. vanilla and 1-1/2 t. extra-fine sugar to the cream cheese. I also drizzled with reduced balsamic vinegar. Delicious!!

  2. You make the most delicious things! I have strawberries and cream cheese, but no triscuits. These look tasty and perfect while beautiful strawberries are in the markets right now!

    1. Well, not quite, Joy. It’s actually quite savory. The only sweetness is from the strawberries. The contrast in tastes is very nice, though.

  3. These do look easy and are pretty as a picture. I could make a meal of your last two posted recipes, although I would certainly take more than a bite of each one. Thumbs up!

  4. Another hit right here. I remember my little appetizer kick last year. This may just reignite that feeling again. :)