Festive Kid-Friendly Easter Appetizers

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Brighten up your Easter dinner table with these festive appetizers. Not only are they fun to make, but they’re also fun to eat– and kids will love helping make them come to life!

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Easter Egg Veggie Platter

This is a simple activity that just might keep kids busy in the afternoon while they wait for dinner.

  • Author: Nancy Tirrell

Ingredients

  • Black olives
  • Your favorite veggies

Instructions

  1. On a large oval platter, make the outline of an egg with black olives. (I had to cut my olives in half so they wouldn’t roll down the slanted sides of my platter.)
  2. Fill in the outline with rows of pre-cut raw vegetables. There’s plenty of room for creativity here, and children can help design a unique “egg.”
  3. I made zigzag rows of carrots and celery, with ruffled rows of cucumbers. I filled in spaces with chopped colored peppers and broccoli, adding cherry tomato polka dots. Any raw vegetables can be used for this—and multicolored olives would make festive polka dots.

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If several children want to be part of the fun, give each child a heavy-duty paper plate (oval ones work nicely), and let them make their own creations. As I put together the platter in the picture, my three year old granddaughter sat beside me, making enthusiastic comments on how it was turning out. When I gave her a plate to make her own, she was thrilled. Apparently though, she is not convinced it’s spring, so she designed a snowman face with a carrot smile, carrot nose and olive eyes—then she ate her creation almost as fast as she put the decorations on. She and her brother were so excited about all the ready-to-eat veggies, they devoured the entire egg I’d created as soon as we took the picture—no dip required.

For Easter, though, I plan to serve the platter with a sour cream dip, using one of Weaver’s mouth-watering dip mixes.

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Cheese Ball Chicks

These are so cute and bite-sized, they might be even more popular than traditional marshmallow chicks! You can use any cheese ball recipe. I used one of the ready-made mixes from Weavers. Adapted from Hungry Happenings.

  • Author: Nancy Tirrell, adapted from Hungry Happenings

Ingredients

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  • Shredded yellow cheddar cheese
  • Sliced yellow cheese or carrot slices for feet and beaks
  • Pieces of black olives or black beans for eyes
  • Shredded sharp white cheese for “straw”
  • Round crackers
    To make the cheese ball, I combined:
  • 2 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package Wildwood BLT Dip and Cheese ball Mix (delicious!)

Instructions

  1. After I mixed up the cheese ball ingredients, I rolled it into small balls and covered these with shredded cheese. Then I added eyes, feet and beaks.
  2. I set each chick on a round cracker, arranged them on a plate, and covered the plate with white shredded cheese to look like straw.

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My granddaughter giggled as she watched these little chicks come to life. She was delighted to see each one take on its own personality—and couldn’t wait to pick her favorite and eat it!

These are sure to be a hit on Easter Sunday!

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Perfect Easter Dessert Pizza

To top off your dinner, this fruit pizza is colorful and delicious–and it’s also a reminder of the true meaning of Easter. I used my own fruit pizza recipe, with an image patterned after thewhoot.com.au to create the cross pattern.

  • Author: Nancy Tirrell, image adapted from thewhoot.com.au

Ingredients

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  • For a 16 inch pizza pan:
    Cream Topping
    Mix and chill:
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
    Crust
    Beat till fluffy:
  • 3/4 c. softened butter
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
    Mix in, to form soft dough:
  • 1 ½ c. flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp quick oats
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp ground walnuts

Instructions

  1. Oil a 16” pizza pan and press dough onto it. Prick. Bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool. Pour cream on top and garnish with sliced fruit and berries. Refrigerate till just before serving.

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