Kids sandwiches should be great to look at, easy to eat and simple to make. Lots of kids are fussy eaters so making sandwiches look attractive is an important part of preparing them. Kids are conservative, they know what they like and stick to it so favourites are the go but try a new twist on old favourites for variety.
Follow the example of the big takeaway food companies!! Make food fun and the kids will love it.
Keep the sandwiches small for little mouths. Use a white or wholemeal bread. Slice the ingredients thinly or mash them if necessary.
Avoid spicy fillings and thick breads that will overwhealm the fillings. The bread is there to hold the contents not to be the main meal.
Kids enjoy helping to make their own sandwiches and often have suggestions for the fillings. Sometimes their combinations may seem a bit strange to adults but if they like them go for it!
Here are some suggestions for sandwich fillings
Make sandwiches fun.
One of the easiest ways is to use cookie cutters to form them into all sorts of different shapes.
Depending on the cutters you have you can make sandwiches any shape you like.
Use wholemeal bread for teddies or gingerbread men and watch the kids bite off their heads!!
Cut out fairies or butterflies and cover them with pretty sprinkles. You will have to butter the top of the sandwich so that the sprinkles will stick.
Use shapes to complement your picnic theme. If you are going to the beach cut mermaids, dolphins or shells.
If you have a dinosaur or train fanatic in the family cut sandwiches to suit.
Choose fairly large, simple shapes for kids sandwiches. These shapes make it easier to cut neatly into the bread and the fillings.
Traffic Light Sandwiches
Use a square sandwich loaf
Cut these in the same way as flowers using a heart shaped cutter instead of the flower. You will have hearts with coloured centres.
Wraps are a different way to make kids sandwiches. They are made with lavash, flour tortillas or any flat bread which is not as thick and heavy as other breads.
Place the a flat bread on the bench and spread the ingredients on to it before folding or rolling it into a cylinder.
For kids cut the rolls in half so they are easy to handle.
Wrap the sandwich tightly in foil or plastic wrap to carry to a picnic.
Here is a tasty Crunchy Salad and Chicken Wrap but you can use almost any fillings you like. Experiment to find the one your kids like the best.
These recipes are on the freshforkids web site (www.freshforkids.com) where there are lots of suggestions for kids sandwiches made with fresh vegetables and fruit.
Try pita bread with pockets ready to fill with any appetizing mixture. There are mini pita pockets available. Fill them with salads and meats. Ideal for kids.