Kids Antipasto Plate

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The kids antipasto plate sounds fancy, but it’s actually my version of throwing open my pantry and fridge and seeing what’s there. I have used the antipasto plate method for snacks and also bigger meals. There is NO limit to what you can do for an antipasto plate. The only “rule” is to make sure there’s a couple of your children’s usual/safe foods available for them to fill up on if they’re still warming up to trying new foods. The rest is for fun and exploration. If your child is really sensitive to being exposed to new things, choose only 1 or 2 things that aren’t on their “safe” food list. The antipasto plate is designed to be served family-style for everyone to share.

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Prep Time

Cook Time

2-20 5-10 minutes nil or 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Any leftover or deli meats of your choice. Vegetarian alternatives: egg, lentil patties or not-burgers
  • Grain bread, cut into toast fingers or crackers
  • Vegetable sticks e.g. fresh carrot, celery, capsicum, beans, snow peas (crunchy) OR steamed carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini (softer consistency for younger children)
  • Fruit – your choice
  • Something interesting from your cupboard. Think out of the box for this one e.g. pitted olives, tinned artichokes, sardines, mussels
  • Cheese – e.g. cheddar, Colby, bocconcini, brie, parmesan, Babybel
  • Dip of your choice – your choice of home-made or store-bought hommus, tzatziki, pumpkin, avocado, beetroot or simply plain yoghurt.

Instructions

  1. Prepare veggies, fruit, cheese, meat etc – cut into sticks or bite-sized pieces. Steam veggies if required for smaller children.
  2. Toast bread in toaster. If you have chosen vegetarian patties, heat frying pan to medium heat & cook the lentil patties or not-burgers from frozen, 2-3 minutes each side.
  3. Remove bread from toaster and cut into fingers. Remove vegetarian patties from pan and cut into fingers.
  4. Arrange the antipasto on a large plate and let everyone help themselves from the shared plate.
  5. RECIPE TIP: Try kids antipasto as a lunchbox option. All ingredients can be served cold.

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