Dinosaur Bento
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Dinosaur Bento

Servings 4

Ingredients

Eggs:

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 inch piece ginger sliced

Sesame Broccoli:

  • 1 head broccoli
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds ground
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Sandwich:

  • 8 slices white sandwich bread
  • 4 slices Mozzarella
  • 4 large slices pepperoni

Assembly:

  • 1 cup pretzel sticks
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • Lettuce leaves for lining bento

Instructions

To make the eggs:

  • Place a bowl of ice water next to the stove.
  • Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover completely with cold water. Bring to a boil, using a spoon to occasionally turn the eggs, and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Immediately transfer the eggs to the ice water. Once cool enough to handle, use a spoon to gently crack the eggs all over without removing the shell.
  • Empty the saucepan and add the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, and ginger. Bring to a boil, then add the cracked eggs. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest for another 30 minutes.
  • Peel the eggs and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To make the broccoli

  • Cut the broccoli into florets and place in a steamer basket. Steam until bright green, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.
  • In a small bowl, combine the white sesame seeds, soy sauce, and sugar. Transfer the broccoli to a bowl and toss with the sesame seed mixture. Adjust seasonings to taste.

To make the sandwich:

  • Placed a slice of mozzarella between two slices of bread. Cut it with the stegosaurus or desired dinosaur cutter. Cut off the bony plates on the back, then place a large slice of pepperoni next to the cheese so that it rests just above the legs. Remove the excess, minus about 1/2 inch, hanging from the back, then cut out bony plates or spikes from the pepperoni.
  • The sandwich can stay like this or grill in a lightly greased skillet over medium heat until the cheese is slightly melty and the bread is toasted on both sides. Repeat with remaining bread, cheese, and pepperoni.

To assemble:

  • Line the bottom of the bento with lettuce leaves if desired. Top with dinosaur sandwich. Using silicone liners or dividers, arrange the sesame broccoli in another section. Add some cherry tomatoes and picks if desired. In another section, add the pretzel sticks, breaking them in half if needed. Top with a soy sauce egg.
  • Serve immediately or safely store for lunch, allowing everything to cool completely to room temperature before closing the bento.