Children’s Antipasto

Occasionally I’ll let the kids pull up the step stool to the cart/island in the middle of our kitchen and we will eat a meal there. That meal is sometimes breakfast: homemade donuts where they get to dip or roll the donuts in their choice of toppings. When it’s lunch or dinner I put out a variety of meats, cheeses, fruit and crackers for them to munch on and in my head I call it antipasto. (I know, I know, antipasto is really an appetizer but sometimes you just have to eat only appetizers and desert.) Eli and Liza love to eat off of the cutting board and assemble their own food. We have a lot of fun and the kids talk and we all laugh. Since my kids rarely eat the same things, it’s a chance for us to gather and truly share a meal. Here’s a list of the items I pull from but it can be changed around to suit your kids.

Antipasto for Kids
pepperoni
cut up chicken nuggets (we always have leftover nuggets in our fridge)
ham
cheddar cheese
mozzarella cheese
swiss cheese
raisins
blueberries (we always have dried but fresh would certainly work)
strawberries
pears
carrot sticks
cut up grape tomatoes
Ritz crackers
Triscuits (Quattro Formaggio are my favorite)
cheese crackers
french bread (when we have it)

Dips
pizza sauce
ketchup (it is Eli we’re talking about here, so of course, there’s ketchup)
mustard
ranch dressing
Everybody gets their own dip bowl(s) so I get to use my tiny dishes!

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One Comment

  1. on August 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Cuuuute idea. Hopefully that will work on my kid when he’s older since he just snubs everything new at the moment, except really bizarre things. Like sun-dried tomato crackers and crab rangoon….