This Jack O’ Lantern “Pumpkin” Cheesy Bread is another fun lunch idea to serve up in October!
I love playing with food and this is one of those things that makes my kids a little more excited about eating non-candy foods. Granted, an open-faced cheese sandwich might not be the healthiest thing in their lunchbox, but it’s filling. And you can make it with whatever kind of bread you like. It looks better on wheat than white bread, and even better on pumpernickel.
I used the big pumpkins from this cookie cutter set to cut out the bread. A regular loaf of sandwich bread may be a little small for the big cookie cutter, so you can either use the smaller pumpkin instead, or just flatten out the bread slice a little bit to make it wider. Like with a rolling pin. Or your hands, if you’re lazy like me.
Then, take your orange cheese (I used American but if your kids like cheddar, that’s awesome, too) and cut out a pumpkin with the same cutter you used for the bread. You may have to put two pieces of cheese next to each other to be big enough for the pumpkin, but don’t worry – it’ll all melt together.
On a cutting board, after you’ve cut your pumpkin shape from the cheese slice, use a small knife to carve the face from the cheese. Draw the face with the point of the knife and then use the knife to lift out the extra pieces. Then gently transfer the cheese to the bread, lining up the pumpkin shapes.
Put the bread on a napkin and microwave it for 5 to 7 seconds – just enough to barely melt the cheese. If it melts too much, the face will spread and get mushy. Remember, you want it to melt just enough to make sure the cheese will stick to the bread and not fall off.
If you’re going to put it into a container for their lunchbox instead of eating it right away, make sure to leave it on the napkin for a minute before enclosing it in plastic, just in case there’s any errant moisture. Then pack it off, or refrigerate it until the next day.