Halloween Recipe: How to Make a Spooky Mashed Potato Spider Web

Halloween Potato Spider Web

Need a Halloween recipe that will encourage your kids to eat their veggies? This spooky bowl of mashed potatoes is just the thing.

Halloween recipes are usually all about the candy, but you can also make delicious healthy treats to celebrate this year. For this spooky spiderweb, a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes are your canvas, and you use shredded carrots, black olives, and dried rosemary to create the web and the spider.

You don’t have to make those delicate shredded carrots yourself. Check your grocery store’s produce section for a bag of already-shredded carrots. If you can’t find them, use a knife to julienne the carrots into the thinnest sticks that you can.

Halloween Recipe: Spooky Mashed Potato Spiderweb

Ingredients

  • 1 batch of buttermilk mashed potatoes
  • 1 bag shredded carrots, or at least 1/2 cup carrots very thinly sliced
  • 2 jumbo black olives
  • 8 pieces of dried rosemary

Directions

1. Heap your mashed potatoes into a large bowl, then use a spoon to smooth them down. With a clean dish towel, wipe any potato from the sides of the bowl, so you have a clean canvas to start:

Bowl of Mashed Potatoes

2. Use your carrots to build your web, like in the images below. Start by creating an X with your carrots, then add two more rows to create an asterisk. Finally, use the carrots to create a few circles connecting the lines of your web:

Carrot Spider Web

3. Make your spider. Slice about a 1/4″ piece off of the top of one of your olives, and slice the other olive in half lengthwise. One of the olive halves is going to be your spider body, and the small piece is its head. You can eat the other two pieces of olive. You deserve a snack after making that detailed web!

Sliced Olives

4. To give your spider its legs, very carefully press each piece of rosemary into the sides of the large half olive. Place the spider body and head on your web, and you’re all done!

Fiesta! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With 3 Zesty Potato Recipes

Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos

Potatoes were introduced in Mexico by Spaniards in the 16th century, and today they are the best amigos of other favorite Mexican foods, including chili peppers, beans, rice and tortillas. If you’re looking for quick and easy Mexican recipes that are big on flavor and easy on the calories, we’ve got you covered! Here are three potato recipes that will add color, spice and sabor to your Cinco de Mayo party!

 

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Add spice to your Cinco de Mayo party with these smashers that mix potatoes with sweet peppers, cilantro, sour cream or greek yogurt, and a hint of chili powder. You can use any potatoes you like, and you can get creative with yellow and red potatoes, or Express Bake russets, sweets or fingerling Jubileez. They’re easy to make (smash the potatoes together for added fun!), low on calories (only 50), and big on flavor.

 

Baked Potato Nachos

Baked Potato Nachos

With black beans, green chiles tomatoes, olives, onions and shredded cheese, these colorful and delicious spud-infused nachos pack a lot of flavor without the extra calories. Eat them just like that, or add salsa, guacamole and sour cream for extra flavor. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Just be careful when you put them out — your guests may not let them last longer than it takes to dance “La Macarena!”

 

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Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos

Enjoy great Mexican taste with fewer calories. Make them with chicken, vegetarian, and even gluten free! It’s easy to adapt the basic recipe to your liking with the variations on our recipe page.The chili and lime flavors taste truly authentic and with all four recipes at less than 250 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, they’re perfect for a low-calorie diet.

 

Potatoes: making gluten-free holidays great

‘Tis the season for tempting cookies, cakes and baked goods to be everywhere you look. So, whether you’re one of the estimated 18 million Americans with a gluten sensitivity or you’re steering clear of it for other reasons, it may take some extra will-power to remain gloriously gluten-free all holiday long.

As you probably know, potatoes are naturally gluten-free. In fact, they’re a veritable jackpot of affordable, endless and easy gluten-free possibilities. You can use them everywhere—appetizers, entrées and even dessert. To ensure gluten-free goodness, don’t forget to read the labels on all the other ingredients. We’ve found gluten has a habit of popping up in unlikely places—even some candy canes are laced with it.

It’s our hope a big bag of potatoes and a few great recipes will go a long way in helping you happily stick to your holiday eating plans. For us, knowing what we can and will devour helps make it easier to go without the ginger bread and forgo the fruitcake. Cheers!

Appetizer

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites

We were excited to find this treasure: bacon-wrapped potatoes. Special enough for a party, but made with everyday ingredients. Yum!

(Note: this recipe uses sour cream, and not all brands are gluten-free – check nutrition labels when shopping for ingredients)

Soup

Often, soups are thickened using flour: no good for gluten-free. Here are two guest-impressing, palette-pleasing potato-based soups.

Quick & Healthy Potato Soup

Golden Potato Soup

Dessert

A dessert like this needs no introduction. It’s just that good. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Potatoes: perfect for any holiday dish

It’s cold. It’s snowing. It’s dark at 4 o’clock. And, we’re off to another party.

Hooray for holiday time!

Whether you’re making merry for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, you’re probably more likely to find potatoes on your plate than any other food.

It’s not just because potatoes keep well in the winter. Kale can go all season long, too, but when’s the last time you ate it on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve? If you did, we want to know.

The truth is, potatoes are one of the only vegetables that pairs perfectly with everything. Whatever you’re serving—whether it’s roast beef, duck, ham, tofurkey—well, there’s a potato for that. They’re the perfect canvas and carrier for the decadent toppings and flavors that make holidays warm and bright. Think butter, cream and cheese—yum! Finally, potatoes are versatile enough to create dishes that are simple and traditional, go way gourmet, or end up somewhere in between. It’s up to you.

We’re sure you have a handful of family favorite recipes, but here are some of ours. Enjoy! (By the way, we’re in the market for a great latke recipe. Care to share yours?)

 

Elegant New Potato Appetizer

New potatoes with crème fraiche, caviar (or bacon) and chives (Makes 24)

 

Ingredients

12 small new potatoes

1 cup cream fraiche (you can substitute sour cream with 1 tsp of lemon juice)

2 ounces black caviar or 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Chives to garnish

 

Directions

1. Boil potatoes in a medium saucepan for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain, cool under running water then refrigerate until cold.

2. Remove potatoes from fridge, cut in half, and scoop a small amount out of each. Top each side with a tablespoon of crème fraiche, a couple stems of chives and a 1/2 teaspoon of caviar (or bacon crumbles). We like to add a pinch of freshly ground pepper, too.

 

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Garlic cloves cooked along with potatoes—russets or Yukon golds—give this puree extra body and lots of flavor. Perfect beside a holiday roast.

 

Microwave-Roasted Potatoes

If you’re pressed for time and/or looking for a flavorful but low-fat recipe, this one’s for you. You can use russet, Yukon gold or small red potatoes. You decide. You can also double the recipe, just keep checking the dish for doneness.