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Jun 29, 2011 11:00 AM

Italian food for a bunch of 8 year olds...

So my son picked Italy for his school's multicultural project. He is also supposed to bring in a sample of traditional food from his country. I am looking for ideas of a food (main dish, dessert, it doesn't matter) that will appeal to a wide variety of second graders. I thought of making Zeppole, but have never done it.. Any ideas? Thanks

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  1. Biscotti or foccacia. With both they would see the difference between Italian versions of a dish and American....cookies/bread (American pizza)

    1. You could do spaghetti and meatballs. I have an 8 year old and he loves meatballs (and I buy the big bag of frozen Kirkland meatballs from Costco).

      1. Can you say a bit about the serving conditions? Will students be eating all kinds of things at the same time, or is each student's item to be everyone's sole concentration for a while? I'm assuming that you'll need something stable at room temp. for some while? (Only a baked pasta, for example, would withstand sitting around for an hour or two.)

        In any case, beyond the suggestions already on view above, you might consider tiramisu.

        1. My daughter had to do the same thing (school project). We made anisette cookies (fairly easy to do, travels well, tastes good, fun project).

          1. How about a ravioli and meatball on a skewer (sharp points removed of course) with a bit of mozzarella cheese on the end. If they have a freezer, you could just get some gelato and some small cups and spoons.