Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Jack O'Sandwich Bento

I'm crazy about Halloween, my very favorite holiday of the year. If I could get away with it, I would probably make Halloween themed stuff year round. So get ready for lots of spooky bentos!

This Jack O'Sandwich bento was very easy to make. I roasted the brussel sprouts in the oven while I assembled the rest of the bento. In this bento: a ham and cheddar sandwich with a cheddar Jack O'Lantern on top. The pumpkin is decorated with nori (toasted seaweed) face, and a cucumber peel leaf. Tucked into the corner are a few baby carrots and two little cherry tomatoes from Middleton Farms. Also in the bento: two raspberries, a few slices of cucumber (you can see where I took the peel off of the cuke), more cherry tomatoes, and a few roasted brussel sprouts.

Remember to enter my 10,000 Hits Bento Giveaway! I love reading about the fun costume ideas you have. Deadline to enter is this Friday, October 8th at noon.

Recipe for Roasted Brussel Sprouts
1 pound small brussel sprouts, trimmed & any brown leaves removed
olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut and X mark in the top of each brussel sprout. Put brussel sprouts in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Roast for about 15 to 17 minutes, stirring the sprouts a few times during roasting time, until sprouts appear browned in areas and are fragrant.

Because brussel sprouts are a great fall food, I am including this in hapa bento's fun B.O.M.B. contest. Enter your fall food bentos now! :)


  1. LOVE it!
    Thanks for sharing! I'm new to posting my "lovable lunches" on my blog!
    Yours is so cute!


  2. Thanks Jody! Bentos are very loveable. :) I just saw this commercial for Tokyo Gas that a bento friend posted and it shows exactly how bentos = love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgp3aPR-llM&feature=player_embedded

  3. Aw so cute the tiny jack effect! I love Brussels too. Sometimes I'll change it up and toss after roasting with garlic or balsamic vinegar or Parmesan. Yummy, and kid-approved too!

  4. Ooo, good ideas sheri! I will try those brussel sprouts additions next.

  5. Those mini cherry tomatoes are sooooooooo cute!!!
    I have not seen any of these here.

  6. haha...the little Jack is co cute. Your bentos always so delicious and healthy...I like all those fresh fruits and veggies. :)

  7. Yay for Halloween! Your brussel sprouts sound amazing!

  8. Yummy, stylish and so fun--excellent roasty sprouts and cheerful jackosandwich, SB! Looking forward to more "spooky" halloween themed bentos :D!

  9. Thanks Angeleyes! I was lucky enough to find them at the Sebastopol Farmers Market. They are reallllly small!

  10. Thanks Emily! I had fun making the little Jack character. A little detail like that can make the whole bento really fun.

  11. Thanks Ohayobento! They could not be easier to make, and sheri's flavoring suggestions sound delicious.

  12. Hi bentobird! This one is not all that spooky, huh? But totally cute and definitely in the spirit of Halloween. :)