Have an old holiday star cookie cutter laying around? Put that baby to use with this easy and fun sandwich idea! These star-shaped turkey bites are perfect for brightening up a back-to-school lunch box, appetizing guests at a family function, or celebrating your upcoming Memorial day! These festive and healthy little sandwiches are sure to get smiles and compliments to the chef!
What makes these so different is using a spinach and cream cheese spread on the bread instead of your standard mustard and mayo. This recipe will make you about a dozen bites (depending on the size of your star-shaped cookie cutter).
STAR-SHAPED TURKEY BITES:
- bread (I used Oroweat’s Sandwich thins for a cleaner cut)
- deli sliced turkey
- 1/2 block light cream cheese
- 2 cups chopped frozen spinach, heated and drained well
- ground pepper
- hot sauce (optional)
- small grape tomatoes
- sandwich picks
- star-shaped cookie cutter
- Prepare the spinach and cream cheese spread: Microwave the spinach, drain well and add the 1/2 block of light cream cheese to the warm spinach; mix well. Add the ground pepper, paprika and hot sauce to your taste; mix well. Set in refrigerator to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Cut out your desired number of slices of bread, set aside. Take several slices of turkey (3-4 slices) and cut out the star shapes through all the slices at once (you can also fold over several slices for a thicker amount of meat). Set aside.
- Assemble the sandwiches: using a small knife, smooth about 1 tbsp of spinach and cream cheese spread on each piece of bread (both upper and lower pieces). Insert the cut turkey, matching along the sides. Pierce a small grape tomato with your sandwich pick and press through the whole sandwich.
If you’d like to make a more refined version of this recipe, for say an appetizer at a dinner party, up the ante by using a brioche bread. Just crisp up the brioche with some butter in a skillet to make a cute hor d’oeuvre! Use ham instead of turkey or go veggie by using slices of cucumber instead of meat! There are so many possibilities and I’d love for you to share with us if you do a variation on this idea!