3 Kids, a Mom & a Kitchen: Sofia's Tea Sandwiches and Lettuce CupsJane Maynard
My kids and I have been very busy this month trying out all of the latest Dishes Inspired by Disney recipes. So far, we’ve tried frozen yogurt popsicles inspired by Sofia the First, as well as spicy veggie chips party mix and banana pudding inspired by Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Sadly, we’re on our last recipe to try out in this series.
The recipe is Sofia’s tea sandwiches and lettuce cups, utilizing two different flavored homemade yogurt cheeses. We had a lot of fun making this recipe together, although the flavor of both the sandwiches and lettuce cups were a bit grown-up for the girls. Let’s run through the recipe together so you’ll know how it all went down!
Choosing the Recipe: Sofia’s Tea Sandwiches and Lettuce Cups
As I mentioned before, this was the last of four Disney recipes that the kids and I worked on together this summer. The girls love tiny food and anything that is remotely related to tea parties, so they were super excited about putting this recipe inspired by Sofia the First together. We “invited” a bunch of their stuffed animal friends for a tea party where we served our sandwiches and lettuce cups, which just got the girls even more excited!
This recipe is great for cooking with kids. There are lots of simple steps where they can get involved (see below) and they loved making fancy Sofia the First food. When it came to the taste test, however, reviews were mixed and seemed to reflect the age of the reviewer. I thought both the tea sandwiches and lettuce cups were delicious and would be great to serve at a party. Cate, my 9-year-old, said that the food was okay. She ate her servings but didn’t have seconds. Anna, my 6-year-old, did not like either the sandwiches or the lettuce cups. Both my girls love yogurt, cucumbers, and carrots, so they went into the tasting with very open minds. The taste of the yogurt cheese is maybe a bit more sophisticated, using ingredients like red peppers and chives for flavoring.
As I mentioned before, we still had a lot of fun because the cooking part was great for kids, and they loved setting up the tea party with their “friends.” They even came up with the idea of serving cucumber water with the sandwiches!
Steps Where Kids Can Get Involved
There are tons of ways the kids can get involved with this recipe! Here are a few suggestions:
- When making the yogurt cheeses, adding the ingredients to the bowl and helping to mix everything up is a great way to get them involved. Plus, it’s fun straining the mixed yogurts and seeing how they change after sitting in the fridge overnight!
- Spreading the yogurt on the sandwich bread and then laying out the cucumber slices.
- Adding dollops of the yogurt cheese to the lettuce cups and then topping with julienned carrots and cucumbers.
- I would recommend that the parent involved handles slicing the cucumbers and julienning the cucumbers and carrots. Cate tried to help with the cutting, but it was a little tricky for her. The cutting is quite precise, upping the chance of getting cut.
As I mentioned in the rankings section, the kids didn’t love how these sandwiches and lettuce cups tasted. I thought they were delicious myself and would definitely serve both to other adults. Even though the girls didn’t really like eating them, they said it would be fun to make these again to help me get ready for a party!
Time for the recipe! Enjoy!
Sofia’s Tea Sandwiches & Lettuce Cups
Courtesy of Dishes Inspired by Disney
12 servings (2 lettuce cups or 1 sandwich per serving)
- 8 slices bread, whole grain
- 16 lettuce cups, small (Maynard family note: Butter lettuce works perfectly)
- 2 carrots, julienne
- 1 English cucumber, part julienne, part thin slices
- 4 cups non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 small red pepper, roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (Maynard family note: I recommend pushing the garlic through a garlic press when adding it to the chive yogurt mixture)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
- For the homemade red pepper yogurt cheese: Combine 2 cups yogurt, red pepper, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Place a metal strainer lined with cheesecloth or paper coffee filter over a bowl. Pour the red pepper cheese mixture into the strainer, cover, and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
- For the homemade chive yogurt cheese: Combine 2 cups yogurt, chives, 2 cloves garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a bowl and mix well. Pour the chive cheese mixture into a second strainer lined with cheesecloth. Cover and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
- For the tea sandwiches: Spread a thin layer of the red pepper yogurt cheese on both slices of whole grain bread. On one slice, cover with thinly sliced cucumbers. Place the second slice on top, remove the crusts, and cut diagonally to make four small tea sandwiches.
- For the gluten-free lettuce cups: Use the inner leaves of a butter lettuce and fill each cup with a spoonful of chive yogurt cheese. Top with julienne carrots and cucumbers.