Thanksgiving for Kids: Pilgrim Hat Quesadilla
You know those pilgrim hats we always associate with Thanksgiving, the ones with the big buckles? Well, it turns out that it wasn’t until later in the 1600s that those became fashionable attire in the New World. The pilgrims that came over on the Mayflower most likely wore floppier (and less dramatic) hats. Nevertheless, the big-buckled hats have become as much an icon at Thanksgiving as turkeys — and besides, what kid wants a floppy hat quesadilla!?
What You’ll Need:
2 tortillas (I used the soft-taco size)
1/3 cup shredded cheese (more if you use burrito-size tortillas)
1 tablespoon black beans, mashed
1 slice cheddar cheese
To Make Pilgrim Hat Quesadilla:
Warm a skillet over medium heat. Lay one tortilla in the skillet. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the tortilla. Lay second tortilla on top of the cheese. Let the bottom brown and then flip it over when cheese is almost melted. Brown the other side. Once cheese is completely melted, put quesadilla on a cutting board. Cut into the shape of a pilgrim hat. Spoon mashed beans onto the hat for the belt. Cut a square out of the cheddar cheese, then cut another square out of middle of that square to make the buckle. Put into place. Place the whole pilgrim hat back into the hot skillet and cover with a lid until “buckle” cheese is melted. Transfer to a plate and serve warm.
You can also try these fun, kid-friendly Thanksgiving treats: