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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Open Monster Face Sandwiches

Last week I shared my witches’ brew cheesy spinach soup as a fun non-sweet option for a Halloween meal with kids.  These open monster face cheese and veggie sandwiches are another creative and interactive option.  I’ve found that letting Andrew be involved with preparing our meals nearly always leads to much greater enthusiasm on his part for actually eating the meal, whatever it may be.  I also know that no matter how nicely I assemble sandwiches for my kids, they will deconstruct them before eating anyway.  These sandwiches are perfect then – easily eaten as a whole or deconstructed and eaten piece by piece.  Andrew was overjoyed at the idea of making faces with his lunch.  In fact, he loved the whole thing so much he ate three of these sandwiches, and has asked to repeat this meal every single weekend day since the first time we made them!

There’s no need to buy tons of special ingredients for topping the sandwiches.  Just peek through your fridge and use your imagination.  Broccoli makes great hair, bell peppers can be lips or ears, sliced olives make great eyeballs, white cheddar cheese cut into small shapes made perfect teeth…but don’t limit yourself to these suggestions.  This was just what I found in my fridge after scrounging for a few minutes.  I cut out slices of bread and pieces of cheese with different shaped cookie cutters to allow variety for the sandwich bases.  Provide a range of toppings, make one example so the kids get the idea and then let them go to town.  It is so fun to see what they come up with!

Disclaimer: I received compensation from Eat Wisconsin Cheese for ingredients and my time developing this content for their site.

  • latablede nana

    Very cute.. beautifully photographed and staged..and what a cute goblin:)Beautiful little boy.

  • http://twitter.com/snarkandpepper Kerry Jones

    I’ve been looking for Halloween party ideas and this would be so cute to set up with a bunch of veggies and cheeses for kids to make their own monster sandwiches. Love it! :)

  • http://www.foodiebride.com/ Shawnda

    That is too cute!

  • http://www.thelawstudentswife.com/ Erin@theLawStudentsWife

    Too cute Annie! Having a little Halloween party and on the look out for fun, healthy finger foods that are a break from the massive amounts of dip I know we will also consume–these are perfect!

  • Caroline L.

    Be still my heart… These are amazing.

  • Katja Reise

    What a sweet idea!

  • dek2711

    Annie your son looks so much like you…such a cutie!!

  • Anne

    These monster face sandwiches are adorable, what a clever idea!

  • Sonja

    This might be the cutest idea EVER! I can’t wait to try this out (maybe for adults even – haha!).

  • annieseats

    Totally! I had almost as much fun as Andrew.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Oh my goodness….these are adorable

  • http://twitter.com/Dinnersdishes Dinnersdishesdessert

    What a cute and fun idea! Great way to get the kids to eat more veggies!

  • Ashley M

    These look really great. And uh, do you remember where you got that amazing tablecloth?!

  • annieseats

    Target :)

  • Jenn

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time. I can’t believe how big Andrew is now! :) Such a little man now!

  • Ramona Collins

    Annie, what a great idea! These would definitely be a fun and healthy alternative at a Halloween party for kids and grown-ups alike. I love that they can be made with ingredients at home and can’t wait to try these myself. – Ramona from Sam’s Club