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Star Wars Bento

A recipe for a Star Wars Bento box with rice, blueberries, a cheese-shaped BB-8, hard-boiled eggs, and Death Star-shaped apple.
Course Main
Cuisine N/A
Keyword apple, bento, cheese, egg, rice, Star Wars
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 1 Serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked Japanese short grain rice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 sheet nori
  • 2 slices provolone or other white cheese
  • 2 slices orange cheddar cheese
  • Honey, mayonnaise, or peanut butter to keep cheese in place
  • 1/2 cup desired salad mix dressing packed in a separate container
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 apple
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

To make the rice:

  • Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Soak the rice in cold water for 30 minutes, then drain for 15 minutes.
  • Cook the rice in a rice cooker according to manufacturer's instructions or place the rice and 2/3 cup water in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce the heat to the lowest setting, cover, and cook until all the water has been absorbed, 10-13 minutes. Remove from heat, leave the cover on, and allow to rest for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cover, fluff the rice with a fork or rice scooper, and allow to cool slightly.
  • Pack the rice into 1/2-2/3rds of the bottom tier of the bento box. Use a divider or container if desired to keep the rice separate from the blueberries. Allow the rice to cool to room temperature uncovered before adding any other ingredients.
  • Add the blueberries to the remaining part of the bottom tier.

To make the Cheese BB-8:

  • Cut out a circle from the sheet of nori, about 3 inches across. Cut out a smaller circle, about 2 inches across. Cut out two thin strips of nori one slightly longer than the other, for the antennas.
  • Use the two circles as templates to cut out circles from the slice of cheese. For the smaller cheese circle, cut a small piece across the bottom to form a flat edge. Attach the cheese circles to the nori base using honey, mayonnaise, or peanut butter.
  • For BB-8's head, cut out two thin strips of nori and attach to the upper and lower parts of the smaller circle. Cut out a small circle from the nori for the eye and a smaller one to attach just below it to the right. Add a dot of provolone cheese over the nori eye. Cut out strips of cheddar cheese and attach around the nori to finish decorating the head.
  • For BB-8's body, use a small circle cutter to create two circles from the cheddar cheese slice. Use a smaller circle cutter or an exacto/paring knife to cut out the center. Cut one of the circles in half. Attach the intact circle to the top left corner of the body. Arrange the two half along the right side and bottom.
  • Place a piece of nori inside each of the circles on the body. Cut out strips of nori and use to connect each of the circles. Use a punch or scissors to cut out small circles from the nori and attach along the lines of nori to further decorate. Add little pieces of cheddar cheese around the insides of the orange circles to finish the BB-8.
  • Use a mini star cutter to cut out stars from the remaining scraps of cheese. Sprinkle over the blueberries.
  • Place the salad in the top tier, storing the desired dressing separately.

To make the eggs:

  • Place the eggs in a small pot and cover with cold water. Occasionally stir the eggs to move them to different sides (This will help center the yolk) and bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Allow to sit for 10-12 minutes.
  • Transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water and peel them as soon as they are cool enough to handle (they should still be hot). If the egg has cooled completely by the time you get a chance to peel it, briefly place the peeled egg in hot water to reheat before placing in the mold.
  • Open the mold and lightly wet the surfaces with water. Add the egg in the direction that best fits the mold. Close the mold over the egg and click it shut. Either place the mold in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes or in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • Gently remove the eggs from the molds. If any pieces of egg squeezed outside of the mold, use a sharp knife to carefully cut away the edges and place the molded eggs in the top tier of the box over the salad.

To make the Death Star Apple:

  • Place the lemon juice in a small bowl and dilute with a big splash of water.
  • With a small, sharp knife, cut a side of the apple off from top to bottom, just off-center from the core to avoid any seeds and stem. Dip the cut side in the lemon juice and place on the cutting board.
  • Use a small paring knife or U shaped knife to cut out a line across the center of the apple, revealing the flesh from the red skin. In the top right corner, cut out a shallow circle.
  • Continue ┬áto cut out lines parallel and perpendicular to the original center line, dipping the apple in lemon juice to coat and keep the flesh from browning. Place the decorated apple over the salad, next to the eggs.
  • Pack the Star Wars Bento, with an ice pack if needed, and serve within a couple of hours.