For this recipe, a picture is worth a thousand words. My daughter made this sandwich for her son’s first birthday (or shall we say “bear-thday”). Isn’t that a fun theme for a little guy? I’m glad she captured Peter’s first birthday with this photo, because now he’s 11! To make this unbear-ably cute sandwich, you’ll need:
Two different sizes of round bread
5 round rolls
Favorite sandwich fillings
Leaf lettuce “grass” for the bear to relax on
3 olives for his eyes and nose.
1. Use a regular-sized round sourdough loaf of bread for the bear’s body.
2. Purchase a smaller round loaf for the head. You may need to shop at more than one store to find two sizes of bread.
3. Use 5 sourdough rolls for the paws and ears. Four rolls become the paws and the fifth is cut in half for the ears.
4. Ham and cheese with a little mayo and mustard make tasty stuffin’s for the bear. But you can be creative and stuff the sandwich with your favorite filling.
5. Use pitted olives for eyes and a nose; fasten with toothpicks.
6. Place lettuce leaves on a large tray. Arrange the teddy-bear sandwich on top of the lettuce grass.
7. When ready to serve, cut the sandwich into pieces. Serve with fresh veggies and dip, fruit slices, chips, and milk or lemonade. And if it’s a birthday, or course you’ll need cupcakes or birthday cake with candles. Otherwise, ice cream bars or popsicles make a tasty summer dessert.
What could be simpler for a birthday or lunch on a sizzlin’ summer day? You could even use this clever idea for a back-to-school meal, wishing the kids a “beary” good year.
I hope you can bear-ly wait to try this fun and delicious idea! Invite your kids into the kitchen to help you, and make tasty memories together!
About Lydia Harris
Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."