Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cooking With Kids: Savory Elephant Ears

I'll start off by saying: you don't need a kid to make this recipe.  It's just easy enough that a kid can do it mostly by themselves.  I said "mostly."  Cause you probably don't want a little kid fooling with the oven or sharp knifes.  At least I don't let mine do that.....that I know of. 

We were given the "Southern Living Kids Cookbook" book from a lovely lady.  One day I handed it to the kids with 5 sticky notes each and told them to each mark 5 pages of things they would like to make.  They already help me in the kitchen quite a bit, but it's usually things that I pick to make.  This is giving them the choice of what to make.  They got pretty excited about it.  I still get to pick when we make the yummy things.  So buckle up and hold on tight because we'll be bringing you a bunch of Cooking With Kids excerpts throughout the summer. But we'll spring into action on this during the spring.  Moving on... 

We started off with one of Chewy's choices.  Elephant Ears. 

I suppose I should give my recipe disclaimer:  I hardly ever follow recipes as they are written.  And in true fashion, Chewy and I didn't follow the recipe in the cookbook exactly.  We changed ingredients and amounts.  So if you want the real recipe....you'll have to look in the book.  And you have permission to change things up with the recipe we used too. 

Cooking With Kids: Savory Elephant Ears

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese (we used pecorino romano)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • seasoning (we used Penzey's Turkish seasoning...it's kinda taco like)
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon water


Roll out the puff pastry to about 11x13 or something like that.  Spread on the butter.

Sprinkle with cheese.  Sprinkle with seasoning.

Roll each short side up halfway. 

Cut 1/3 inch slices.  Put on a lightly greased baking sheet, spread out at least one inch apart.

Brush each slice with the egg yolk mixture.  Bake in a 375F oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. 

We enjoyed our little cheesy treats (minus Scooter who won't eat melted cheese) with tomato soup. Yummy!  I bet you could even sweeten these things up if you baked them with cinnamon sugar and tossed out the cheese and seasoning.  Then you could drizzle a powdered sugar glaze on them when they came out of the oven.  Delish!

What are some food items that the kids in your life like to pick out to make?

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