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Halloween Mashed Boo-tatoes

Halloween 2007, Special Issue Holiday 2007

When you've already got costumes on your mind, why not disguise dinner as well? Classic meatloaf is dressed up with two special side dishes. We used a pastry bag to pipe mashed potatoes into ghosts and sweet potatoes into pumpkins. The ghosts' eyes are black sesame seeds. For the pumpkins, pecan halves make the stems and bits of cilantro become leaves.

Comments (31)

  • NicoleFinn7 25 Oct, 2010

    I made these as part of a Halloween-themed dinner last night and they were a HIT! The adults and kids just LOVED them! So easy and so tasty. I won't ever forget this neat idea. Thanks Martha!

  • Little_Martha 7 Oct, 2008

    I made these little guys last night. And they are so cute. This is a must-have for any Halloween dinner-plate!

  • Vonette 7 Oct, 2008

    easy and fun to make - sure i can make some of those...

  • Vonette 7 Oct, 2008

    easy and fun to make - sure i can make some of those...

  • waste 6 Oct, 2008

    Too Cute For Words! Since my grandchildren are picky eaters I'll be making these real soon. I'm sure they will like and eat them with no problems.

  • waste 6 Oct, 2008

    Too Cute For Words! Since my grandchildren are picky eaters I'll be making these real soon. I'm sure they will like and eat them with no problems.

  • askformerlot 5 Oct, 2008

    Oh those are so incredibly cute. Great idea!

  • mkayba 5 Oct, 2008

    I think they are adorable. Can't wait to make them for my grandchildren. Anyone thinks that that don't look like ghost, needs clean their eyes. Some people are always trying to find something wrong even when there is nothing wrong. wake up and smell the roses or the ghost.

  • jidiji 5 Oct, 2008

    Crap!! it did it again!

  • jidiji 5 Oct, 2008

    Crap!! it did it again!

  • jidiji 5 Oct, 2008

    For some reason, my statement was not finished! The only thing I can think of to keep them hot is to pipe out the plates

  • jidiji 5 Oct, 2008

    Can someone PLEASE tell us how to keep these lil ghosts HOT???? The only thing I can think of, is to pipe out the ghosts

  • julesduncan 4 Oct, 2008

    I love this idea. They are so cute. They don't look like KKK members at all. Whoever said that must be a little touched. I mean seriously, if you see KKK in that picture above then on Halloween you must be freaking out completely because there sure are a lot of kids dressed as ghosts.

  • IrishCoffee 4 Oct, 2008

    the whole kkk discussion (which is just silly, they are cute little ghosts. And if it really offends you, you can make them rounder, like casper) lead the board away from an interesting question "how do you keep them hot without messing with the shape"?

  • IrishCoffee 4 Oct, 2008

    the whole kkk discussion (which is just silly, they are cute little ghosts. And if it really offends you, you can make them rounder, like casper) lead the board away from an interesting question "how do you keep them hot without messing with the shape"?

  • Encee 4 Oct, 2008

    I would never have thought anything but that this looks like a cute little potato idea. It's festive and not at all offensive. I don't see why anyone should have to be concerned about a nice idea being misinterpreted. The problem lies with the person who says such things not with the item itself. Unbelievable!

  • zena0001 3 Oct, 2008

    They look like cute lil' ghosts to me too, I would have NEVER thought otherwise.
    I think the one to be ashamed is the one who thought of them as anything but ghosts!

  • aharres 3 Oct, 2008

    KKK? That is the silliest thing Ive ever read in any of the comments here. They look like cute little ghosties

  • DoctorWho21 3 Oct, 2008

    I ttly agree it's just an adorable dinner not the kkk don't look at it like that be cheery be bright you can find inapropriate stuff everywhere if you look for it sooooooo DON'T look.

    PS. I love this and my family actually eat the sweet potatoes!!!!!!!!

  • itsmemom 3 Oct, 2008

    greenerhil, I agree with you. Some people can only see the bad things in life. I think they are cute little ghosts, the "other" suggestion never even occured to me. They are cute cute cute!

  • greenerhil 3 Oct, 2008

    I think this is an adorable idea! Anyone that would see something else is the one who should be ashamed for even thinking that way.

  • theferrisoneofall 3 Oct, 2008

    You know, you can finds offense anywhere if you are looking for it. I think they are cute.

  • Jocelyne820 3 Oct, 2008

    I agree I think it's adorable. It is in no way offensive, it's simply a cute, fun Halloween idea. If you don't like it, eat your mashed potatos the normal way.

  • JodyLynnWagner 3 Oct, 2008

    I think it is adorable

  • lizzymcg 3 Oct, 2008

    I find it offensive

  • lizzymcg 3 Oct, 2008

    Whoever came up with this idea should be ashamed

  • gardenfaery 3 Oct, 2008

    that's rediculous. what's on your mind? I never saw that until you mentioned it and even then I don't see it. they look like Casper's family. You should be ashamed.

  • lizzymcg 3 Oct, 2008

    looks like kkk members, no thanks

  • beachcrafter 3 Oct, 2008

    This might seem like a fussy question but how do you get the mashed potatoes to stay hot by the time you put them in a pastry bag and pipe them out and serve them. I hate cold mashed potatoes.

  • utahmamma 3 Oct, 2008

    LOVE IT! This might even get the kids to take more than their obligatory "no thanks you" bite. :) Cute idea!

  • BruSue 7 Nov, 2007

    I made these for my friends here in Brussels - they turned out SO cute. We were all standing in the kitchen as they came out of the pastry bag! I had to give the credit to Martha, though. Very creative!