18 July 2011

Little Chef Disney Creations ~ World Grand Prix Sweet & Savory Kabobs

A savory Francesco Kabob
Lightning McQueen has been a household favorite of ours since Joey first saw the movie back in 2006 at the ripe ol' age of 2.  It only took one showing before we all fell in love with the characters of Disney-Pixar's Cars movie.  So, of course, as soon as we knew Cars 2 was going to be premiering, we counted down the days until it arrived in our local theater.  There has been a lot of criticism of this sequel, but for us, we enjoyed it!  It didn't have the emotional piece that the first did, but we certainly fell in love with and enjoyed getting to know all the new characters.

In honor of these new characters, we have created some kabobs to represent different participants in the World Grand Prix, the international race featured in Cars 2.  This recipe will give your child another chance to practice their cutting skills (my cutting tips for kids were featured in my previous recipe Baloo's Bare Necessities Fruit Salad), but also an opportunity for your younger chefs to learn their colors.  For the kabobs, since my children are a little young, we used toothpicks and only added three or four pieces of fruit for each kabob.  For older children, you could certainly use skewers.  If you want to avoid any and all pointy, sharp objects all together, you could easily create a World Grand Prix Fruit Salad or a World Grand Prix Italian Chopped Salad.  As always with any recipes I share, feel free to use the ingredients and flavors your child enjoys the most.

Francesco Bernoulli's Savory Italian Kabob
Hayley threading a strawberry
onto the toothpick
Grape tomatoes
Basil Leaves, halved
White Cheese, cubed (see my note below)
Italian Dressing (optional)
Round Toothpicks

1. Have your child hold the grape tomato between their thumb and pointer finger flat on their work surface.  By having the tomato on the work surface, they can feel when the toothpick has made its way through the tomato, and it will also give it some stability and avoid any toothpick related injuries.
2. Insert the toothpick through the center of the tomato. With the toothpick still point down on the work surface, slide the tomato almost to the top of the toothpick.
3. Take a cube of cheese and place it flat on the work surface. Place the toothpick that has the tomato on it point down into the center of the cheese. Using the same strategy as above, slide the cheese until it reaches the tomato.
4. Place one half of the basil leaf flat on the work surface.  Place the toothpick, point down, onto the center of the basil leaf and slide the basil leaf up toward the cheese.
6. Use the Italian dressing as a dip for your kabobs.

Top Row: Francesco Bernoulli & Jeff Corvette
Bottom Row:Lightning McQueen & Raoule Caroule
Listed Below are all our creations for other kabobs.  Use the directions above to complete each one.  For the "Sweet" kabobs, we recommend Cool Whip as a dip, though they are just as delicious on their own.

Lightning McQueen Savory Kabob
1. Pepperoni
2. Yellow or Orange Cheese, cubed
3. Black Olive

Lightning McQueen Sweet Kabob
1. Strawberry
2. Cantaloupe
3. Blackberry

Jeff Corvette Sweet Kabob
1. Blueberry
2. Strawberry
3. Mango

Raoule Caroule Sweet Kabob
1. Blueberry
2. Marshmallow
3. Strawberry

There are so many fruit combinations available, especially this time of year.  Select the flavors your child likes and enjoy creating something healthy and delicious together.

Here is a quick list of foods by color if you need a little color inspiration:
Purple/Blue: Blackberries, Blue Berries, Purple Grapes
Green: Green Grapes, Honeydew Melon, Celery, Peppers
Yellow/Orange: Mango, Pineapple, Nectarines, Peaches, Cantaloupe, Peppers, Cheese
Red: Strawberries, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Peppers, Pepperoni
White: Marshmallow, Banana (though this browns quickly), Apples, Cheese

Note: There are many options for the how to cube the cheese.  If you are looking to save time, you can purchase the cheese already cubed at the grocery store.  You can also purchase bar cheese and cube it yourself.  If you want to give your child the opportunity to practice their cutting skills, you can purchase string cheese and have your child cut the cheese stick into 1-inch pieces.  This last option (our personal favorite) will also be the easiest for your child to thread onto the skewer.

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