Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sunbutter Apple Sailboats

Sunbutter Apple Sailboats:  The first recipe I ever made, except they were called "Christopher Columbus Ships".  This was many, many years ago when I attended kindergarten....back when Pluto was a planet, when Columbus, indisputably, discovered America, when you had to get up to change the TV channel, and when you thought you were bad-ass for having a 14 pound, touch-tone, cordless phone. 

Sunbutter Apple Sailboats - Just Sunbutter Apples Rasins & Cheese creates this fun yummy treat - for kids all ages!

That's right, the year was 1981:  Ronald Reagan became President, Lady Diana married Prince Charles, the PostIt note was invented, and a young Kimmy V. was introduced to this culinary treat.  It obviously stuck with me - 32 years later I am still making these. 
Sunbutter Apple Sailboats - use your favorite apple variety -

My teacher used this as a visual aid to explain about Columbus and his theory of how the world was round.  The quartered apple represents the ship....clearly she ate a section, and we learned of the 3 ships that sailed around the world:  The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria (suppressing the urge to sing 'Boats & Hos' from Stepbrothers).  The peanut butter, now Sunbutter, represents the ship's deck; the raisins - the crew; and the cheese - the ship's sail.

Sunbutter Apple Sailboats -

I have always felt a kinship with good ol' Christopher C.  I was born on Columbus day AND on the year we celebrated the bicentennial anniversary of the USA.  Plus, Chris and I are both of Italian descent (and both have the moustache to prove it!).

Sunbutter Apple Sailboats -

The taste combination is killer:  sweet, tart, crisp apple, sweetened dried fruit, mixed with savory, salty sunbather, then topped with a sharp cheddar cheese = wicked good!!  Why Sunbutter, you ask?  As mentioned in my Sunny Honey No-Bake Cookie  post, 

Sunny Honey NO BAKE Cookies -

And in my Scrambled Eggs & Food Allergy Talk post, we are a peanut free house.  Sunbutter is my favorite substitute for  peanut butter. 

Scrambled Eggs & Food Allergy Talk -

I will admit, I've gotten lazy throughout the years.  I don't always raise the sails on these, sometimes I just layer the cheese over top and call it good.  My tastes have changes too, I use sharp cheddar cheese in place of the processed American cheese that I loved so, years ago. 

So, go on!  Play with yo food!! 

Sunbutter Apple Sailboats -

Sunbutter Apple Sailboats
makes 1 serving

1 apple
1-2 TBS Sunbutter, divided
1 TBS raisins, divided
1 slice sharp cheddar cheese, divided
4 toothpicks, optional

Quarter and core the apple.  Top each apple section with Sunbutter, then press the raisins into the Sunbutter.  Cut the cheese slice into 4 - cutting on the diagonal, top left to bottom right, then in the opposite direction, creating 4 diamond-shaped pieces of cheese - weave a toothpick each piece to create the sails - stick atop each apple section.  

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  1. I love the look and sound of the apple sail boats, yum i will have to try :) thanks for sharing...

  2. Saw you on Buns in my Oven. These are super-cute and perfect for after-school snacks. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  4. Poor outcast Pluto. My favorite planet.
    These sailboats are cute! As always, love your humor, Kim!

  5. How cute! Thanks for sharing on Sweet and Savoury Sundays, stop by and share with us again this weekend!

  6. Talk about a tradition!!Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop. Pinning now!!

  7. Thanks for linking up at The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You! We would love to have you come back next week!

  8. I love these cute little sail boats! So much fun. I might just have to make them for myself, the boys are on their own :)



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