Halloween season is approaching, and I can hardly wait!!! From haunted houses to scary movies to creepy costume parties, we are ALL about them in this household. And of course, there is one component of Halloween fun we can’t forget: frightful food. Today, I am sharing a deliciously creepy recipe (and a video too!) for some mashed potato monsters!
Do you host Halloween parties at your home (or attend them)? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for, and although we haven’t hosted a party in a few years, it’s on the list for 2014! I love that you can extend your spooky decor all the way through to your food, and the Sunday Supper crew is here today to give you some spooky inspiration using Idaho® potatoes!
So: on to the recipe! These little mashed potato monsters are not only creepy, but they are delicious to snack on as well! You’ve got creamy Idaho® potatoes (enhanced with pesto and goat cheese) coated in french fried onions, which are then transformed into monsters of all sizes. They’re quick and easy to put together, and fun for the whole family! You can prepare them in advance and store in the refrigerator, so there is less stress when it comes to party time!
Personally, I served my mashed potato monsters cold, but you could easily warm them up as well. I would suggest rolling the mashed potatoes in the french fried onions, then warming them in the oven (only warm them through: you don’t want to dry out the potatoes with overcooking). You could then insert the eyes and the tongue into each monster after they come out of the oven. Whatever works best for your party!
So – are you already pondering options for spooky Halloween food? What will you be serving up?
- 2 pounds Idaho® potatoes
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 tablespoons basil pesto
- 3 ounces goat cheese
- French fried onions (1 cup or more), crushed
- Roasted red pepper strips
- Thin pretzel sticks
- Whole green olives with pimento
- First, prepare the mashed potatoes. Wash the potatoes (and remove skins if desired), and slice into small, equal sized chunks. Boil until fork tender, then remove from heat, drain, and return to the warm pot you boiled them in. Mash the potatoes. As you mash, add the milk, butter, pesto, and goat cheese and continue until blended.
- Place prepared mashed potatoes into the refrigerator to cool completely.
- When the potatoes have cooled, they can be transformed into mashed potato monsters! Spoon a golf ball sized scoop into your hands, then roll gently into a ball.
- Roll the mashed potato ball into a shallow dish filled with the crushed french fried onions. Cover on all sides.
- Place coated mashed potato ball on a clean working surface. Use a toothpick to create a small hole towards the bottom of the ball; insert a strip of roasted red pepper for the tongue.
- For the eyes, slice a green olive in half. Then, carefully cut an X in the bottom of the olive and insert a pretzel stick to finish the eye. Insert the eyeball into the top of the mashed potato ball, then repeat with as many eyes as you'd like to create!
- Place on a platter to serve: enjoy!!!
This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. All opinions are my own. Make sure you check out Idaho® Potatoes’ website, chat with them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, see what inspires them on Pinterest, and look at their recent snaps on Instagram!
For even more inspiration, check out Sunday Supper’s Fun and Creepy Halloween Recipes Pinterest board!
And of course, be sure you check out ALL of the amazingly spooky recipes created by the Sunday Supper team today!
Fun and Spooky Potato Savory Bites:
- A Bowlful of Creepy Crawlies by kimchi MOM
- Bloody Mary Potatoes by The Messy Baker
- Devilish Potato Mummies by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas by Alida’s Kitchen
- Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Jalapeno Chili Stuffed Potato Mummies by Feed Me, Seymour
- Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Web Casserole by NeighborFood
- Mashed Potato Grave by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Mashed Potato Monsters by Ruffles & Truffles
- Monster Mash Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
- Roasted Potato Eyeballs by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Roasted Potato Graveyard by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Spooky Halloween Potatoes Graveyard by Clarks Condensed
- Spooky Spiderweb Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes by Rhubarb and Honey
- Stuffed Potato Spiders by Family Foodie
- Twice Baked Potato Graves by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Twice Baked Potato Mummies Covered with Roaches by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Fun and Spooky Potato Sweet Treats:
- Chocolate Potato Skull Cake by Magnolia Days
- Potato Candy Spiders by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Raspberry Ghoulash by Desserts Required
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