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Jun 11, 2011 09:44 AM

Ways to dress up fresh mango?

My daughter's 2nd birthday party is tomorrow and this morning our market had some gorgeous-looking mango spears. Anybody have a simple and tasty way to dress them up a bit?

Other things I'm doing are mozzarella/tomato/basil spears, watermelon with lime, strawberries with a hit of balsamic - basically, fresh, tasty, sort of interesting things that involve minimal or no cooking, and ideally things that a toddler might conceivably eat, as well. Party is from 3-5 so I don't actually have to feed anybody a meal, and since the primary theme is Not Driving Myself Insane Over a Toddler Party, the simpler, the better. Thanks!

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  1. For adults, a mixture of salt & cayenne powder is divine on sweet mango! For kids, not so unless they are spice fiends... just let them learn and enjoy the flavor plain. Another option can be to sprinkle with CHAAT masala, available at Indian groceries. It's a pre-blended spice mix that's salty,sour & spicy, popular in North India for sprinkling over fruits or a variety of snacks, in particular, snacks called Chaat. You can try crushed pepper salt and lime/lemon juice too. Basically a contrast to the sweet mango ....

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    1. re: madmaya

      Yep, trying to keep the spicy side of things confined to dips so that there's both a kid- and adult-friendly option. Thanks, though!

    2. If the flesh of the mangoes are firm, try cutting them up in cubes (small bite toddler-size) and skewer them in mini-skewers or toothpicks (just cut the pointy end so it wouldn't be dangerous for the toddlers) along with cut sausage or hot dogs (cut horizontally to avoid possible choking).
      Sweet and salty combination.

      1. Grate a bit of ginger, on a fine plane so you essentially have "ginger juice". Toss with the mango. Sprinkle with chopped fresh mint. Maybe add a hint of lime juice or lime zest? Let chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

        1. Melt some chocolate

          Skewer the mangoes with kebab spears, then dip in some chocolate, then stick them upright on a block of Styrofoam, then freeze.

          Voila, chocolate covered Mango-sicles!

          1. thai duck and mango salad.

            oops, not toddler material. sorry. but for the benefit of others….

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            1. re: alkapal

              There is an ideal Thai food that kids will love. Mango Sticky Rice Pudding (Khao Niaow Ma Muang). This classic Thai dessert is incredible. Easy to serve and kids recognize the ingredients.