My 6-year-old is quite the little chef, so I often to set aside time to cook up fun creations with him. This is a kid-friendly bruschetta with mozzarella and mandarins! It’s a great way to teach your kids about meshing sweet and savory. I splurged with a little prosciutto on there, too, since his snack time is MY snack time as well.
You may be surprised to see that I actually used packaged mandarins. The fresh ones grown here in the states are currently out of season. Fortunately, our sponsor Sam's Club packages their Member’s Mark mandarin snack cups in 100% fruit juice, so I can offer up this wholesome treat year-round! I also made it a little more kid-friendly than most bruschetta by serving it on sliced English muffins instead of baguettes for a slightly more familiar, more accessible spin on this classic Italian pick.
Mandarin Bruschetta with Prosciutto and Mozzarella
- 4 whole English muffins
- 2 cups Member’s Mark Mandarin Oranges
- 2 ounces Member’s Mark mozzarella cheese cubed
- 1 slice prosciutto
- 1 Tbsp Member’s Mark Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Member’s Mark Balsamic Vinegar
- Slice English muffins in half down the middle and lengthwise, making 4 pieces from each English muffin.
- Broil the English muffins for one minute, until slightly crispy.
- Drizzle English muffins with olive oil and top each with one mandarin, one small cube of mozzarella and one small piece of prosciutto. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
- Broil for one minute, until brown.
- Serve warm.
A couple of the ingredients in this recipe are typically on the pricier end, but don't let that scare you off! Sam's Club has expanded and upgraded their Member's Mark private label brand, so I saved a fortune on stuff like the mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. They've added 300 new items to the line in the past year, bringing the current total to over 2,000 products. It's one of the main ways we keep our grocery budget low while indulging in awesome snacks like this!
On top of making sure everyone in my family knows how to cook, I also have a real passion for teaching the kids where their food comes from. I showed the boys this YouTube video which details exactly how Sam's Club sources their olive oil from Italy. The company has worked with product developers and food scientists who travel the globe to source the best ingredients – and it shows. Nate's especially finicky about his food and is always the first to reach for name brand items, but he's embraced this private label brand eagerly because it doesn't skimp on flavor.
We also stock up on stuff like napkins, plates and utensils from the Member's Mark line – I've mentioned before that Sam's Club is my one-stop party shop! They really do have pretty much anything and everything we could need, and their online ordering system helps us get in and get out in minutes. Anything that saves me from having to drag four boys around the store, I am ALL about it!
The boys are all about it, too. Less time spent shopping means more time spent together, making memories around things like this.
At the end of the day, that's really what it's all about.
How do you introduce new flavors to your kids?