Crack and peel away the shells of dyed and decorated hard-boiled eggs and transform these Easter "eggstras" into fanciful bunnies to garnish a supper salad. Let your school-age kids do the creating of this fantasy garden, and they'll discover that mealtime preparations can be fun and full of whimsy.
When completed, their edible and artful accents will delight the whole family, bringing truth to the old saying, "The eyes eat first."
First, show your kids how to wash, spin dry and toss together your favorite salad greens. Arrange on a platter.
Now come the clever bunny garnishes.
Here's how to make one edible egg bunny:
1. Peel off the shell of one hard-boiled egg.
2. Using an ordinary table knife, cut an even 1/4-inch slice off a long side of the egg to form a flat base for the body of the bunny. (Note: The cut-off slice will have an oval shape.)
3. Cut the oval slice evenly in half lengthwise to make two "bunny ears."
4. Cut a slit on top of the pointed, slimmer end of the egg body. Gently squeeze to open. Tuck the two floppy ears in the space.
5. Make a bunny face below the ears. Insert cloves or raisin bits to form the eyes and nose. Insert a baby carrot with a bit of parsley into the mouth area to make it look as if the bunny is eating a carrot. Use a cauliflowerette or sprig of parsley to make a fluffy tail.
Make several egg bunnies to set amongst the greens on the salad platter. Chill until ready to serve.
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