Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Cheese Roll-Up Snack

Well, actually this was our lunch because the kids are pretty small, but I am thinking it would make a perfect after school snack for older kids. And I will be the first to admit that this is probably not the most "authentic" of Mexican foods, but it is kid-friendly and fun to make.

  • taco-sized soft tortilla(s)
  • string cheese stick(s)
  • vegetable oil
Other Materials:
  • microwave
  • paper towel
  • oven
  • cookie sheet
  • small bowl for oil
  • basting brush
  • pot holder
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. *Note*: Oven should only be used by an adult.
  2. Soften tortillas in the microwave. Lay a paper towel inside of your microwave and add as many tortillas as you would like to cook. Add a layer of paper towel over the top and microwave about 10-15 seconds.
  3. Pour a small amount of vegetable (or similar) oil into a small bowl (approximately 1-2 teaspoons.) Using a basting brush, coat one side of a tortilla. Place tortilla oil-side down on a cookie sheet. *Note* Kids can help with this step.
  4. Unwrap and add one string cheese stick. Place string cheese toward one side of the tortilla and then roll the tortilla as tightly as possible. *Note* Kids can help with this step.
  5. Set rolled tortilla so that the overlapping edge is facing down. Repeat steps with additional tortillas as desired.
  6. Bake about 5 minutes for a slightly soft tortilla, longer if you like yours crispier. The cheese will be softened but not so melted as to ooze out of the tortilla.
  7. Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo Cheese Roll-Up on May 5th or any time you want a healthy snack.

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