Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day treats for kids
Since Saturday is Cinco de Mayo (May 5), I thought I'd share what my kids call Mexican S'mores. They are very easy to make in a skillet, pannini pan or griddle. My then- fourth grader loved it so much he had me make a batch of them for his class's Cinco de Mayo party and the teacher heated them up in a toaster oven. They came out great.
Saturday is also the Kentucky Derby, which is always a fun event in our house. We get out the morning paper and look over the horses and pick our favorites based on the very scientific method of who has the coolest name. And they're off! As everyone knows, the Mint Julep is the signature drink of Derby Day. I came up with a kiddie version that a lot of adults like too, especially since the adult version has a heckuva kick.
First the fiesta. If you are looking for a kid-friendly dessert for a Cinco de Mayo party, try this:
4 flour tortillas
butter or olive oil for brushing
mini chocolate chips
cinnamin-sugar for dusting
(can add a scoop of ice cream on the side)
Lay the tortillas on a flat surface and brush both sides with butter or olive oil. Sprinkle one tortilla with mini chocolate chips and mini marshmellows. Top with the second tortilla and cook on a hot skillet or griddle like a quesadilla. When one side is golden, flip and cook another minute or 2 more until golden.
Take off the skillet and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, cut into wedges and serve.
A scoop of ice cream on the side elevates it to adult dessert fare. Chocolate chips can be substituted with any flavor chip you prefer. White chocolate, butterscotch, etc. You could add a smear of peanut butter to the tortilla first. You can pretty much fill the tortillas with what ever you want!
And for those of you shopping for a big floppy hat for the Kentucky Derby, here's a recipe for your sipping pleasure, giddy up!
Mint Julep (two ways)
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
large handful of mint leaves
bourbon (we like Maker's Mark)
a pitcher of lemonade for kiddie version
more mint leaves for garnish
In a large bowl in the microwave make a big batch of simple syrup of equal parts sugar and water and a bunch of mint leaves. Nuke it for about 5 minutes until it is boiling and let it rest for a couple hours before straining leaves and pouring into a container. Refrigerate container. Now you have the minty syrup you need to make the kiddie version or the adult version.
Fill glass with ice and mint springs, add 2-1/2 ounce of bourbon and the rest with the sugar syrup.
Fill glass with ice and mint leaves, pour in about 1/4 cup of lemonade and a splash of sugar syrup.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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