As the mom of a toddler or preschooler, you are probably well acquainted with the picky eating habits of little ones. A varied diet is important to make sure your child gets enough nutrition for healthy growth and development, so getting your little one to try new foods can help. Most young children are drawn to dip because dipping food makes eating more fun. Pimento cheese is simple to make, and it may have your child eating her vegetables before you know it.
Utensils and Equipment
Not only is pimento cheese tasty to eat, but you won’t need any special tools for preparing it. You’ll need a bowl and a spoon for mixing the ingredients. A sharp knife is handy for chopping the pimentos and plastic wrap keeps the dish from spoiling in the refrigerator. Let your little one help you with this recipe by allowing him to stir the ingredients together. Letting your child in on cooking improves the chance that he’ll be willing to try what you’ve made.
Pimento cheese doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, but recipes may differ from author to author. Most contain the same basic ingredients. You’ll need cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese. Many recipes call for sharp cheddar, but a mild version may be more appealing to your child’s taste. Mayonnaise and a jar of pimentos are also common. Seasonings that often appear in pimento cheese include salt and pepper or garlic powder.
Pimento cheese comes together quickly, making it an ideal choice for parties, snacks or just for fun. In a medium bowl, beat a package of softened cream cheese until fluffy and stir in eight ounces of shredded cheddar cheese until well mixed. Stir in 1/3 to 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and a four-ounce jar of chopped pimentos. Season with a dash salt and pepper or a dash of garlic powder — or both — and mix well. Cover and chill for about an hour before serving.
Serve a small bowl of pimento cheese as a dip for cucumbers, bell peppers, or any other soft vegetable your little one is willing to eat, cut into 1/2-inch, bite-sized pieces. Or, smear the cheese on crackers and give it to him for a snack. Pimento cheese also pairs well with pita chips or corn chips. Make sure that whatever you serve with the cheese is cut into small pieces, no larger than a 1/2-inch, according to Healthy Children.org, a website from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This helps prevent the risk of choking. Always stay close by when your child eats to make sure he chews his food and doesn’t stuff too much in his mouth at one time.