Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Inspired Bento Boxes by Kristen Nichols

Bento Box Inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Created by Kristen Nichols

“Commodore Norrington, my effects please….and my hat!”  Eat lunch like a true scallywag with these adorable bento boxes celebrating the release of the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, out May 26th.  These boxes are a healthy, convenient grab-and-go solution for work, school, or play.  Each of the components are versatile and can be adapted to suit anyone’s individual taste. Our version features Captain’s Hat Sandwich Bites, Captain Jack Sparrow’s Fruit Skewer Beads, and Cheese and Cracker Gold Medallions.  You can also help keep scurvy at bay with mandarin orange slices or prepare for battle with black olive cannon balls!

What You’ll Need:

Captain’s Hat Sandwich Bites:
Sliced sandwich bread
*You can use any type you like.  We prefer wheat or rye bread because the dark brown color is truer to Captain Jack Sparrow’s hat.
Desired spread or filling
*Some varieties we enjoyed were PB&J, cucumber and cream cheese, tuna salad, egg salad, or hazelnut spread
*The sandwich bites are small so you can mix-and-match 2 or 3 flavors to taste.  We like the idea of having both a savory and a sweet sandwich together in one box!

Fruit Skewer Beads (original idea provided by @thehealthymouse):
Seasonal fruit of your choice - sliced or cubed
Mini-marshmallows (optional)
Bamboo BBQ skewers
*For a more savory taste, try making the skewers with olives, artichoke hearts, cubed cheddar cheese, and a little Italian dressing.

Cheese and Cracker Gold Medallions:
Round table crackers of your choice
Cheese slices cut to fit the crackers
    *We like the look of cheddar cheese but you can use any cheese you prefer

Scurvy Cure:
Mandarin orange (peeled and separated into slices)

“Cannon Fire!” :
Whole black olives
Hummus, ranch, or other dip if desired

How to assemble the sandwich bites:
  1. Take a slice of bread and cut a large circle out of the center.  You can do this with a circular cookie cutter or just eyeball it with a knife.  Try to make the circle as large as you can.  As a bonus this process automatically cuts off the crust for pickier eaters.
  2. Cover one side of the bread with a thin layer of spread, if desired.
  3. Gather and pinch the bread into three corners and use a toothpick to secure each one.  
  4. Fill the center with approximately one teaspoon of the filling of your choice.
  5. Remove the toothpicks when it’s time to eat and Enjoy!

We would love to see how you create your Pirates bento box!  Leave pictures of your creations in the comments and don’t forget to check out the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in theaters May 26th.

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