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Baby Shark Focaccia "Garden"

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Fun and whimsical, Baby Shark Garden Focaccia is a great way to sneak some veggies into a kids' meal. It is highly customizeable and a delightful addition to an event or typical day.

Recipe:

  • 1 sheet of focaccia dough (Click for my simple recipe, any will work though.)

  • 1 can sliced pickled beets

  • 1 yellow bell pepper

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 1 orange bell pepper

  • 1 green bell pepper OR zuchinni slices/ jalepeno as I had.

  • sliced olives

  • 12 slices provolone

  • 4 whole green onions

  • Optional: Colored powdered cheese such as grated parmesean or Cotija colored blue. I used this for my blue shark and bubbles, however I suppose sliced jicama dyed blue would work too for a uniuform shark look.

  • Optional: Basil (as I used) or other leafy greens for "seaweed" 

Prepare focaccia dough as directed to fit a large cookie sheet. Use a picture for reference and slice bell peppers into "shark" shapes, bodies, heads, tails, and fins. Slice beets into shark pieces and coral shapes for scenery. I also used cookie cutters and mini cutters to get little star shapes. Slice red bell pepper for mouths, and slice cheese for faces/ bodies.

I used a frosting tip to cut mini cheese circles for eyes to place the olives on. I then did the same for my bubbles and coated the small circles in the blue colored cheese powder for blue. I baked my shark cookie cutter directly into the bread to retain the shark shape, and removed it whole to give my toddler to play with and eat.

Arrange and gently press shapes down into dough. Bake as directed, cool, and serve.

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I was nervous to put it in the oven after arranging my sharks. I had visions of melted cheese and exploding mouths/ eyeballs. However, the cheese bubbled and baked nicely, very minimal scooting of the pieces. They key is using thinly sliced cheese to keep everything in place.

 

Enjoy, 

-Elle.

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