Thanks to Nature’s Harvest® for sponsoring this post about creating a Halloween Haunted House Sandwich!
I’m always up to something in the kitchen, especially for lunch. I don’t know why that is, except that lunch has always been my least favorite meal of the day. So, I figure a little fun and creativity added in can’t hurt, especially when it comes to getting my 8-year old to eat.
So with fall just around the corner (I’m begging for cooler weather), let’s have a little fun with bread and sandwiches. It’s a great way to add some extra color to sandwiches, introduce new foods, and even sneak in some of the kids’ least favorite fruits and vegetables.
I don’t know about you, but with any creative lunch I’ve made, my daughter tries EVERYTHING on the plate. It’s a win-win for us both.
My first stop is to grab Nature’s Harvest® bread at my local Walmart store. It’s on rollback for $1.97 per loaf (exclusive to Walmart), so no worries if you make any sandwich mistakes and need to start over!
It’s also an easy choice for whole grains with at least 8 grams of whole grains in every serving. With NO artificial flavors, colors or high-fructose corn syrup, that makes this mom satisfied!
My start to making a Haunted House Sandwich couldn’t be easier. Simply cut the crust off each slice of 3 pieces of bread. This should make equal sided squares.
- 1 uncrusted slice of bread will be the base of the house.
- 1 uncrusted slice of bread will cut into 2 diagonals to create the roof.
- 1 uncrusted slice of bread will be the backside of the house.
Remember – you are creating a sandwich, so you’ll need two sides! A front house and a back house.
Don’t throw the crust away! We’ll be using it.
I know that many kids don’t like to eat the crust, so let’s sneak it in by using it to create porch steps.
And grab the heel of the bread. We’ll use that to make a rectangle door, 2 square windows and the letters B-O-O above.
Both the crust and heel are darker pieces, adding a great pop of color.
TIP: Use a sharp knife when trimming the doors/windows/letters.
- Use Cheddar Cheese to make a full moon
- Use Provolone Cheese to make Ghosts (with edible candy eyes)
- Layer Pepperoni Minis to resemble a roof (If need to, layer some peanut butter to attach)
- Lettuce for overgrown grass
Perhaps the most fun I had was creating the edible spooky trees!
I used Black Licorice and a very sharp knife to cut portions of the licorice at the top into pieces. Very hard to do unless you have a very sharp knife. It’s like cutting a vanilla bean open to retrieve the vanilla. Spread the pieces apart when done.
Have I inspired you? I hope so!
Nature’s Harvest is hosting a Sandwich Art Facebook Contest and you can enter!
Visit Nature’s Harvest Facebook Page for details!
NOTE: For some extra fun, tell Nature’s Harvest what you think about whole grains at NaturesHarvestBreadSurvey.com for a 10 minute opt-in shopper research survey. They will be sending a $5 Walmart gift cards to the first 100 people that fully complete the survey (U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate).
Do you get creative at lunchtime? How?
Nancy Johnson Horn says
You have totally tempted me! So creative and my kids would go crazy for it.
This is so clever — love it! 🙂
Jenn Worden says
This is so perfectly great! I have been looking for things for the Halloween season to help my little o during the Halloween season to help my little celebrate more; especially since she is in school this year. Unfortunately, most of what I am finding is candy and cakes and I don’t think her father would appreciate me feeding her a cupcake for lunch. 😉 Thank you for sharing!