All right folks, here is a tasty treat for your little ones. Now Adam is not a picky eater per se, but he will not eat plain cottage cheese, and he will not eat plain eggs (no matter how much cheese is added). Put the 2 together, along with some flour and shredded cheese and voila! Kiddie Cheese Square is delicious, protein-packed, and one of Adam's favorite lunches!
Making Kiddie Cheese Square could not be any easier - just mix everything together and bake. I typically cut the square in quarters and then wrap each quarter in cling wrap to store (and refrigerate after a couple days). I have also stored cheese square in the pan, but fridge space is a premium in our house, so storing them as quarters is easier. Do what works best for you.
To serve, I cut 1-2 strips from the square and heat in the microwave for about 5 seconds (enough to heat and soften the square). I then cut the strips into bite-sized pieces for Adam. At 16 months, he averages about 4 strips per sitting, and at 12 months, he ate 1-2 strips.
I think cheese square tastes like a cheesy pie crust. Others have remarked it is like kiddie pizza without the sauce. Regardless of what we think, Adam just thinks it's great! Who would have thought that 4 simple ingredients mixed together could turn into something so tasty!
Kiddie Cheese Square
Yields one 9 x 9 square, serving size varies
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (see note)
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 ounces cheese, shredded (any cheese, such as cheddar, colby jack, mozzarella)
1 cup cottage cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine cheese, egg and cottage cheese. Add flour and mix until combined. Be careful not to over mix. (Note: mixture will be stiff to stir, yet sticky to the touch).
- Pour mixture in baking pan. Using waxed paper, press mixture to spread out and fill the pan.
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake. Cool and cut into squares.
Adapted from The Everything Cooking for Baby and Toddler Book