Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY Mini Pocket Sandwiches

Aren't these the cutest little pocket sandwiches? I pack sandwiches in Z's lunch pretty often, so I'm always trying to think up new fun and creative sandwich ideas. I love using cookie cutters or sandwich cutters, but I don't always want to make a sandwich that's shaped like an animal or something specific. These mini pocket sandwiches were a big hit. They're kind of like a mini version of the frozen Uncrustables pocket sandwiches that you can find at the grocery. Z is not a fan of bread crusts, so a pocket sandwich is ideal for him. They are also mess-free, easy for little hands to eat, and just plain fun. I have one of those Pampered Chef sealed sandwich gadget thingies, and it works great to make big round sammies. But all you need to make these mini pocket sandwiches are a round cutter and a fork. My only issue with these little sammies is that there is a lot of bread waste. Not a problem for me because every little scrap of bread, meat, cheese, fruit, or veggie gets reused in another fashion.....nothing goes to waste in my kitchen! So, go ahead and make some mini pocket sandwiches, and store your bread scraps in the freezer. Reuse them later in meatloaf or meatballs, or make bread scrap French toast muffins. Yummo!!

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To make these mini pocket sandwiches, cut out 6 circles from your bread of choice (very fresh bread works best) using a small round cookie cutter (I used a round 2 1/2" cutter). Then, spread peanut butter on all 6 bread circles being careful to leave a thin edge of bread without peanut butter (this will allow the edges to seal). Then, place a small dollop (I love that word) of strawberry all-fruit spread (or spread of choice) in the center of the peanut butter ("small" being the key word here, or you will have filling squishing out the sides). Top this with the other 6 bread circles. Slowly crimp the edges of each sandwich with the tines of a fork (see below) to seal the bread.

Easy peasy lemon squeezey, huh? We love the mini pocket sammies, but you could also use the above technique on one large round sandwich...or square sandwich, or heart sandwich, or any shaped sandwich, really.

The filling possibilities are endless for these pocket sandwiches, too. Peanut butter and fruit spread are the fave in our house. But, imagine how delicious these would be with homemade preserves. Here are some other scrumptiously yummy filling ideas:
  • almond, peanut, or cashew butter and honey
  • egg, tuna, ham, or chicken salads
  • deli meat and cheese
  • pimento cheese and bacon
  • Nutella and bananas or strawberries
  • cucumber cream cheese

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This lunch is packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.
*peanut butter and strawberry all-fruit spread mini pocket sandwiches
*Rold Gold mini pretzels
*Honeycrisp apple wedges
*green beans and Sunburst cherry tomatoes with Ranch dressing in the orange cup
*Yoplait vanilla yogurt with blueberries
*linked to: Beneficial Bento/ Fancy Sandwich Friday
       What's for lunch Wednesday

Some of the things, or similar things, that I used to make this lunch:


  1. Very clever! And yes, there are tons of uses for bread scraps. I hope you have a bread pudding to talk about, but I will settle for making them into bread crumbs for making meatballs and whatnot, because it is probably better for me. ;)

  2. Fabulous idea and looks so cute!

  3. what a smart, yet simple way to make sandwiches! your tutorial makes me want to try it right away :D Thanks for sharing this for Fancy Sandwich Friday!

  4. Very cute! We love pocket sandwiches since they are so much less messy! Love your tutorial!

  5. Great tips! No special equipment required! :)