Easter is approaching at speed, so following on from my Christmas sandwich ideas and Halloween sandwich ideas, I thought it would be fun to create some fun Easter kids sandwich ideas as a part of my healthy Easter food series. In today’s post I’m sharing 6 fun Easter themed sandwiches, all of which were made using circle cutters, as I think that a circle is the most likely cutter shape that your average person would already have available in their kitchen (if not, I do have some nesting circle cutter sets currently available in the Eats Amazing Shop!). For all of these sandwiches, I’ve tried to come up with designs that are easy to put together, so they would be great to use for a quick fun healthy snack as well as for kids packed lunches this Easter.
1. As mentioned above, I used various sizes of cutter from a nesting circle cutter set to make all of these sandwiches. Most of them could easily be resized to make mini versions for party food – just use a smaller circle cutter. If you don’t have circle cutters, you could try using different sized glasses, mugs, bowls or plates by cutting around them with a small sharp knife. For some of the sandwiches I also used tiny cutters from my mini bento cutter sets.
2. A good tip when making shaped sandwiches is to cut each piece of bread out separately and fill them after – this way you will get much neater edges.
3. If using ham or other sandwich meats, cut the meat into shape (in this case a circle), before adding to the shaped bread. The same applies to slices of cheese – if using a hard cheese such as cheddar then cut into slices, lay them out together to make one large slice and cut into shape before transferring to the bread.
4. If your sandwich is going in a lunch box rather than being served up immediately, you can ‘glue’ any features or decorations in place using foods such as cream cheese, houmous, mayonnaise, nut butter, chocolate spread, honey or jam, depending on your sandwich filling.
5. For some sandwiches I used my homemade edible icing eyes, but if you don’t have any you can also cut some from cheese using a mini circle cutter (you could also use the end of a plastic drinks straw) and an edible marker pen or food colouring to dot them. You can also buy ready made icing eyes from Amazon UK.
6. You’ll most likely generate lots of spare crusts of bread after making circle-shaped sandwiches, but don’t waste them! See my post on making waste-free fun bento lunches for some great ideas to use them up.
Back to the sandwiches! First up is a cute chick popping out of his egg. This sandwich used white and brown bread sliced bread, but if you only have one kind in you could also substitute one of them for an alternative such as pitta bread or naan. To make this sandwich I cut two circles of bread, one white and one brown. Using a sharp knife I cut a zig-zag across one of the circles, then placed it on top of the other to use as a guide for cutting the other half to the same shape. I swapped the two half circles over and slotted them together to form a complete circle. I filled this sandwich with ham, which I also cut into a circle using the same circle cutter, and added a little houmous to help hold the whole sandwich together. I finished the chick of with a couple of homemade edible icing eyes and a tiny beak cut from carrot, then added a handful of raw carrot ‘straw’ which I made with the help of my julienne peeler.
Next up was a fun Easter bonnet sandwich that I made for one of Small Child’s lunches this week. This was really easy to make and I think it came out looking really pretty! To make, I used my largest circle cutter and smallest two cutters from my nesting circle cutter set. I used the largest cutter to make a simple round sandwich, which I filled with Italian sausage, then the two smaller cutters to make two circles which I sandwich together with the smallest on top to make the top of the hat. I decorated the hat with carrot flowers (cut out using a flower shaped mini bento cutter), baby sweetcorn pieces and a couple of pretty 3D flower bento picks, which I hoped would help hold the sandwich together in transit!
I s really pleased with this fun Easter bunny sandwich. I meant to take step by step photos of this one but completely forgot – I hope it’s fairly self-explanatory from the photo! I used my largest circle cutter to create a round sandwich to make the body, the smallest to cut a tail from white bread (again, naan bread, tortilla wrap, pitta bread or even a slice of cheese could replace the white bread for this) using the crinkle side of the cutter. I cut the head shape using one of the middle-sized cutters and formed ears from scraps of bread that were left, also using a circle cutter to cut them out.
Next up is a fun nest sandwich. This is an open style sandwich that would probably be best eaten at home rather than transported in a lunch box. To make this sandwich, I used the crinkle sides of my nesting circle cutters. I first cut two large circles from bread and one from ham. I then cut a smaller circle from the middle of one of the bread pieces, and assembled the sandwich as shown below. To turn it into a nest, I first spread the top of the ‘nest’ with cream cheese, then topped with small pieces of carrot, which I again cut into slivers using my julienne peeler.
I finished the nest off with some little eggs which I cut from cucumber slices using a mini bento cutter. Here’s the completed sandwich – Small Baby thoroughly enjoyed eating this one, he even ate some of the carrot – result!
You may recognise this fun lamb sandwich from earlier this year – I made it to celebrate the Chinese new year (year of the sheep) but I think it works just as well for Easter too! I put this sandwich together with the help of my nesting circle cutters, a mini circle cutter and tiny oval shaped bento cutter. To make, I used the crinkled side of my largest circle cutter to cut two circles from white bread. Using the mini circle cutter, I cut a circle from the centre of one of them, then used the tiny oval cutter to cut out the two ears. At this point I popped the sandwich filling on top of the second circle, then topped with the first. I then cut a circle and two ovals from a piece of brown bread, and slotted them into place in the top circle of bread to make the face. I finished the face off with a couple of homemade icing eyes and a sliver of raw red pepper for the mouth. I used this sandwich in a fun sheep bento lunch for Small Child.
Last but not least, another chick sandwich, this time without his egg! This really was a quick and easy sandwich to make! I simply made a round sandwich using my largest circle cutter, cut wings from the sides using a slightly smaller cutter and topped the chick with homemade icing eyes, a carrot beak and some little carrot feet. I thought he came out very cute!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Easter sandwiches, I’d love to hear about it if you try any of them yourself! I also have a section here on the blog for my fun Easter food ideas, and for even more Easter food and craft ideas, why not follow my Easter Pinterest board.