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The Very Hungry Caterpillar sandwiches recipe

These cute little sandwiches are lined up to look just like the Very Hungry Caterpillar from Eric Carle's much-loved children's book. Pop them onto your party table and your mini guests will snap them up!

Serving Size:

6-8 children

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Ingredients:

  • 2 loaves white bread, sliced vertically
  • butter 
  • 3 slices ham
  • 3 slices chicken
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 green onion stalk

You will also need:

  • toothpicks

Method:

Step 1. Gather all ingredients. 

Step 2. Lay 2 slices of bread out on a cutting board. Butter both pieces. Place ham on one slice, then cover with the other buttered slice. Repeat to make a chicken sandwich and then a cheese one.

Step 3. Cut out circles from each sandwich using a mini cookie cutter.  

Step 4. Place on a platter in a wiggly shape to form the caterpillar's body - you can alternate each sandwich flavour if you like. Position tomato at the start of the body to become the caterpillar's head. Next, cut out two very small ovals of cheese for the eyes. Dab with butter to act as a 'glue', then stick onto the tomato to start forming the caterpillar's face. Slice small pieces of green onion for the pupils (again, using butter to 'glue' them to the eyes). Cut two long strands from the onion stalk to act as the caterpillar's feelers, and fix onto the tomato using toothpicks. When finished, cover your sandwich caterpillar with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Hungry caterpillar sandwiches

Notes:

  • Chicken breast supreme or chicken loaf can be exchanged for turkey breast.
  • You can make the caterpillar as long as you like for an even more impressive showpiece!
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder.

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