Why eat big food when small food is so much… cuter? We’ve been working our way toward Fun Food Saturday by cooking very small things all week long. Small food is cool because it’s easier for little hands to hold, you can eat more of it (“I ate three hamburgers!”), and because it’s just plain funny to look at.
We started with some teeny-tiny pizzas. We used a 1-pound package of whole-wheat pizza dough (in this case from Fresh and Easy) and divided it into twelve small pieces. Then we shaped the dough balls into little flat circles, grilled them on one side for about four minutes, put the toppings on the grilled side, then slid them back on the grill to cook the underside for about three more minutes. We made bell pepper and olive pizzas, although next time we’re going to make “bull’s eye” mini pizzas with just one slice of sausage in the middle. Tip: Make the dough as flat as you can because the dough will puff up a little bit, making your pizzas small but high.
Next we were on to teeny-tiny tacos. Here we need to give a shout-out to Chef Joe of Friday Night Out Catering for the inspiration. We took a round cookie cutter and cut three-inch circles out of whole wheat tortillas and tomato tortillas to get our tiny taco shells.
Then we folded them Baja-style with crispy fish, grated cabbage, a few tomatoes, and tangy sour-cream-and-lime sauce. The beauty of this dinner was that it was super-fast and the kids essentially made it themselves. By the way, don’t waste those yummy leftover tortilla scraps. We sliced them into thin strips, toasted them in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil, and served them as a crunchy side dish.
For our last act, we took on miniature French toast. We sliced up a day-old baguette, dunked the slices in an egg/milk/cinnamon mixture, and fried ’em up in a pan. Funny thing about tiny French toast: It’s actually easier to make with small slices than with regular slices because the crust-to-center ratio is smaller, making it less likely to fall apart. Plus it’s easier to flip it in the pan and cook each piece evenly. More fun and more convenient? Go figure.
Last but not least, we have to give a shout out on behalf of donuts and dads everywhere. For Father’s Day, iVillage suggests giving Dad one of these miniature donut makers. Tiny? Donuts? We are so there.
Fun Food Saturday: Because food should be fun.