This is a creative way of transforming a boring, ordinary sandwich into something that looks incredible and is easy to eat. I usually prepare the cut-outs the night before and simply thread them onto a skewer in the morning, ready for the lunchboxes to save some time. Lonwabo, my sous chef, often volunteers to help me make these, which makes it even more fun.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: no cooking
WHAT YOU NEED
- 2 slices bread
- 2 thick slices cheddar cheese
- 6 slices smoked chicken or gypsy ham
- ½ English cucumber, thinly sliced
- 6 pieces cos lettuce, torn
- 6 rosa tomatoes, rinsed
- 6 round or knotted pretzels (optional)
- 6 Half-skewers
- Lunchbox and water bottle
- Medium Star-shaped Cookie Cutter
- Non-plastic Straw
HOW TO DO IT
- Place the bread slices on a chopping board and, using a 5-pointed star cookie cutter, press out 3 star shapes from each slice of bread, cheese and 6 star shapes from the cucumber.
- Thread a star-shaped piece of bread, followed by a piece of lettuce and 2 cucumber stars onto a skewer. Follow this with a slice of smoked chicken or ham, a piece of cheese, a tomato and a pretzel (if using). Pack the skewers into a lunchbox.
- Pack the fruit into a different compartment of the same lunchbox or in a smaller lunchbox. Serve with the yoghurt, chilled water or orange juice with mint.
- Fruits: pineapple wedge, a handful of blueberries and strawberries
- Plain yoghurt with a drizzle of honey
- Chilled water or freshly squeezed orange juice with mint
The lovely thing about this sandwich is that the ingredients can be chopped and changed according to your preferences. • If packing these in for young children, it’s a good idea to cut off the very pointy bits of the skewers for safety sake. • I usually eat all the leftover pieces so nothing goes to waste, but sometimes I grate the leftover cheese and store it in the fridge, and use the bits of bread to make croutons for salads.
About the Book:
South African celebrity chef Siba Mtongana has released a new cook book for kids. This book is filled with delicious and nutritious treats that moms, dads and their little ones will love. Plus, these recipes were designed to help you get your kids involved.
Name: Siba – Let’s Cook
Author: Siba Mtongana