Lunch for the kids at Christmas should be easy and fun…and quick for mommy! There’s no need to make an elaborate lunch for Christmas day. You’re busy enough as it is. Kids really just feel like the meal is special if you make it Christmasy on the eyes. You know, something red and green, or in the shape of a tree. A simple PB&J could even work, so long as you cut it in the shape of a tree it will be okay! Promise!
But…. if you want to go slightly, just slightly, above the PB&J for your child’s Christmas day lunch, I have this great cucumber sandwich that works too! (smile)
Christmas Tree Cucumber Sandwich Platter
- 12 Slices Sandwich Bread
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Tomato (or Red Bell Pepper)
- 1/4 Cup Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/3 Cup Duke’s Mayo
- 1 tsp Yellow Mustard or Dijon Mustard
- Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter
- Mini Star Fondant Plunger (optional)
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, Duke’s Mayo, and mustard. Mix until well combined. Set aside (do not refrigerate).
Wash and dry cucumber. Slice lengthwise. Turn both halves onto their flat side. Thinly slice entire cucumber. Discard ends. Set aside.
On a dry cutting board, use Christmas tree cutter to cut tree shape out of the middle of bread slices. Cut one tree slice at a time.
Spread 1/2 tbsp sandwich spread onto the middle of each bread tree. Avoid the edges. Top with cucumber slices starting at the bottom of each tree and working your way to the tip. Arrange the “flat” end of each cucumber slice closest to the edge of your trees. (See photo above for example.) Repeat until all trees have been prepared.
Cut one slice from your tomato (or bell pepper). Use your mini star fondant punch to cut your star. It works best if you cut from a fleshy portion of the tomato without seeds. If you don’t have a star fondant punch (like me), cut a small star from your tomato slices using a paring knife. Add mini stars to the top of each “tree” sandwich.
Arrange on a party platter. Cover and chill for 20 minutes before serving.