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Berry-licious snacks kids can make

Friday, January 11, 2013

Strawberry Mascarpone Panini
One of the best ways to get kids to eat healthier food is to let them make it themselves. And these snack recipes using Florida blueberries and strawberries are so good -- and so easy -- you may have a hard time getting the kids out of the kitchen.

"You can get really creative with strawberries and blueberries," said Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Depart-

ment of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "They can be tossed into salads or yogurt, marinated in teriyaki sauce and served with grilled meats, or turned into delicious snacks like these."

Not only do they taste good, they're good for you. Blueberries are good for your eyes and memory, and they have antioxidants, which may prevent some types of cancer. Strawberries have vitamin C and fiber, which is good for your digestive system and helps you feel full.

To get more berry-licious recipes like these, visit


Strawberry Mascarpone Panini

Yield: 4 servings

Grown-Up Alert: Supervise younger children when using the panini maker or griddle.

8 slices fresh bread (1/2 inch thick)
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 pound Florida strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Heat a panini press or griddle over medium heat.

Spread a thin layer of mascarpone on top of each bread slice.

Add an even layer of strawberries to 4 bread slices. Use the other 4

slices of bread to top the sandwiches.

Brush sandwiches with butter and grill or press until golden, about

5 minutes.

Transfer panini to cutting board and dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm.

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