If your kiddos love Curious George half as much as Lenny does, then you know that Chef Pisghetti's Tomato Snowmen are a must for the holiday season. The treat prepared by everyone's favourite Italian Chef (and Massimo Capra lookalike) is coveted by George and The Man in the Yellow Hat, so it's got to be good enough for you, right?
Lenny was super excited to give it a try and it gave me something to make in the kitchen with her that was holiday themed without being yet another cookie. I'm not one to deny the kid baked goods, especially at Christmas, but it was a treat for both of us to have fun with some fresh produce.
The best part is that this is no different than the trendy little Caprese Salad Skewers you probably served up with a bottle of wine last year. All you have to do is add a leaf of fresh basil for a scarf and call it a snowman and you're good to go!
I just love these tiny, colourful heirloom grape tomatoes.
Look at that! She's working on her fine motor skills, too!
I like to slice the bocconcini to make the bottom one flat so your snowman has a better chance of standing up, at least until he gets gobbled up. Doesn't he look snazzy in his basil scarf?
For grown ups and more adventurous kids, I whipped up a little dipping sauce which was basically a balsamic dressing (using the best balsamic you have) with a sprinkle of herbes de provence. It added a nice kick, especially to the bocconcini, which is such a blank canvas.
As Chef Pisghetti would say, buon appetito, Giorgio!
If you haven't yet, check out A Very Monkey Christmas. It's delightful!