Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cooking with Kids: Watermelon with Goat Cheese Snacks

I've been cooking with my twin girls (4 years old) since before they were 2 years old.  Now they're finally starting to be real helpers and we've been having a great time trying out all sorts of recipes together.  It's a great way to practice Montessori Practical Life skills, fine motor skills, math, and to get the kids to experiment with trying new foods.  A couple weeks ago, we tried out a flavor combination that was completely new to us - watermelon with goat cheese.  Here's how we made them..

I sliced a watermelon to approximately 2 inch thick slices, and the girls enjoyed taking turns punching out little watermelon cylinders using a plastic shot glass (I couldn't find our small cookie cutters).

I mixed goat cheese with a bit of milk to get a creamy consistency and let the kids use an icing tip to pipe the cheese into the center of the watermelon chunks.  We topped with some cucumbers and voila!

It was a fun little finger food.  Although both my girls love goat cheese and watermelon, they were not crazy about eating them together, so I ended up finishing most of them.  We used the extra goat cheese to top some cucumber slices:

This was an easy "cooking with kids" activity, and created an appetizer that is actually presentable (which doesn't happen often when my kids are in the kitchen).

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