Friday, April 1, 2011

Meals Your Little Chef can make! Day 4

Good evening fellow mini bloggers and parents! I'm sure every one of your children have started, or are currently learning about the solar system. It's chocked full of stars and constellations, moons, suns, and so much more. This dinner project will have them wanting to know more about the solar system while enjoying how it taste! The solar system is one of my favorite things to read about. The mysteries of deep space will forever continue to amuse me. I'm excited because this meal is called:

Solar System Pizza

You will need:

(For the Meatballs)
  • 1 pound lean ground meat (lamb, chicken or beef)
  • 3 slices of day-old bread, made into breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint or basil, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
(For the Dough)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 packet dry yeast (8 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
(For the Toppings)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Meatballs (for the planets)
  • 1 small mozzarella ball (for the sun)
  • Grated mozzarella (for the Milky Way/stars)
  • Kalamata olives, pits removed and sliced (for the moons)

Do you have everything? Great! Let's begin.

(To Make the Pizza)
  1. Parents and children, together, combine the warm water, yeast and honey.
  2. Cover and place in a warm place until it becomes foamy, about 10-20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl add bread flour, salt and olive oil.
  4. Add the yeast mixture and have your child mix well, but please add a helping hand because this could be difficult.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  6. Allow to rest, covered in a warm place until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  7. Knead on a floured board and divide into 4 evenly sized balls.
  8. Roll each ball out to your desired thickness and place on greased oven or pizza trays.

(To Make the Meatballs)
  1. Have your kids combine all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. With their tiny hands, mix thoroughly.
  3. Have them wet their hands and roll the mixture into balls, different sizes for different planets.
  4. Parents, add a little olive oil to a hot frying pan.
  5. Place balls into frying pan and cook on both sides, until cooked through to the center.
(For the Toppings)
  1. Have your child get creative here. Top the dough with fresh tomato sauce, meatballs for planets, olives for moons, a small mozzarella ball for the sun and grated mozzarella for the Milky Way/stars.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until the pizza base is golden.
  3. Serve!

And there you have another delicious recipe and learning experience wrapped into one. If your child isn't interested in the solar system now, they will be after this hands-on meal. I will see you all tomorrow. Fantastic job chefs!