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Kidzworld Kitchen: Fourth of July

Jul 01, 2014

It’s almost the 4th of July! The official kickoff to summer and the Nation’s birthday, so let’s celebrate in a big tasty way!

Most likely you have a backyard barbecue planned and nothing goes better with anything off the grill than some good old potato salad. It’s easy, fast and a major crowd pleaser. The patriotic and creative cooks out there will enjoy cleverly arranging colorful fresh fruits to look like the flag. Nutritious and looks great.  Finally, the centerpiece of American cuisine, the apple pie…cookies, that it!  That’s right, all the same delicious apple, cinnamon goodness only in a personal-sized cookie. Serve with ice cream or all on its own.  Happy Birthday America!

Apple Pie Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of peeled, cored and thinly sliced, chopped apples (Hint! Granny Smith work best)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 pre-made package of pastry (rolled, not in pan)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Granulated sugar for garnishing

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Prepare cookie sheet pans with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper
  3. Using 3 small bowls and fill one with a small amount of cold water, the next with a beaten egg and the last with granulated white sugar
  4. Combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl
  5. Prepare apples and add them to the sugar mixture and coat them completely, set aside
  6. Roll out your pre-made pie dough on a lightly floured surface
  7. With a rolling pin roll the dough out until it is about 1/8” thick
  8. Using a round cookie cutter cut out as many circles as you can. Reroll the excess dough only once more
  9. You are now ready to assemble your cookies. Step 1. Wet the entire outside edge of a circle Step 2. Place a small spoonful of pie filling into the center Step 3. Place another circle on top of the filling Step 4. Using a fork press the edges together to seal crusts together Step 5. Using a small knife make a tiny X in the center of the cookie. Step 6. Brush lightly with egg mixture (Hint! This is what gives the pastry a nice shine) Step 7. Sprinkle with sugar
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
  11. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool

Kidzworld Kitchen: Fourth of JulyApple Pie CookiesCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Star Spangled Fruit Plate

Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh Pineapple
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh Raspberries

Instructions:

  1. Wash and cut fruit
  2. Arrange on a large rectangular platter or pan as per picture
  3. Enjoy!

Kidzworld Kitchen: Fourth of JulyStar Spangled Fruit PlateCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium - large russet potatoes
  • 2 c. mayo
  • 6 baby dill pickles chopped
  • 5 hardboiled eggs chopped
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • chopped parsley to garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Peel and dice your potatoes into bite sized chunks
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in potatoes and cook until tender (about 15-20mins) (Hint! Use a fork to test the potatoes. If it slides in easily, they are done)
  3. In a large bowl, combine mayo, pickles, eggs, dijon, and mustard powder
  4. Add potatoes while they are slightly warm (Hint! Adding the potatoes warm allows them to absorb more flavor)
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve!

Kidzworld Kitchen: Fourth of JulyPotato SaladCourtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

Remember, be creative, have fun and above all, safety first! Always talk to the adult in charge before you get your chef on! Happy cooking proud Americans!

Recipes courtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

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