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Cooking with kids: croquet monsieur bites

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Working in the children’s ministry, I could not help but notice how many young children came in wearing jerseys of their favorite football teams.

Listening to them chatting before the lesson began; I realized they would likely be watching the Super Bowl with their parents. Having your children help prepare some of the snacks to be eaten during the game would allow them to feel they have assisted in making this a truly special event. One recipe tailor-made for a child’s involvement is for croquet monsieur bites.

Ingredients:

  • 8 thin slices firm sandwich bread
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese, halved (about 4 ounces)
  • 4 slices smoked ham (about 4 ounces)
  • Dash grated nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Cut crusts from bread.
  2. Place 4 slices bread on work surface. Layer each with half slice cheese, 1 slice ham and remaining half slice cheese, sprinkle with nutmeg. Top with remaining 4 slices bread.
  3. Brush outside of sandwiches of melted butter.
  4. Cook sandwiches in large skillet over medium heat 2 – 3 minutes per side or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Cut into quarters. (Makes 16 pieces)

Tip: To give you time to relax prior to the game, these sandwiches can be made in advance and reheated for an easy party appetizer. To do this:

  • Leave sandwiches whole after cooking and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Cut into quarters and place on foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated 350ᵒ F oven for about 8 minutes or until sandwiches are heated through and cheese is melted.
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