Four fun potato recipes that kids love

Happy New Year and welcome to 2011! While I was surfing around on the internet the other day, I came upon some fun recipes that I thought kids would not only like to make but like to eat. They hail from the United Kingdom so some of the measurements are in metric. I was going to convert them but I thought it may be an opportunity show how to convert measurements (you know, one of those teachable moments that they talk about). Have fun putting them together and then eating your art work!


Potato Sailboats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 8
Ingredients

  • 16 potato wedges
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 1.5 ounces of gruyere cheese cut into slices

Method

  • Cook the potato wedges in the oven according to the packet instructions.
  • Arrange the wedges on skewers with slices of cheese in between.
  • Return to the oven for couple of minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Remove from the oven and decorate the top with a halved cherry tomato.

Baked Potato Dinosaurs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4
Ingredients

  • 4 small to medium baking potatoes
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 250g cauliflower cut into florets
  • 10g butter
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 125g milk
  • 75g granted Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • Stoned black olive

For the decoration
Method
1. Prick the potatoes in several places, place in a circle on kitchen paper on a microwave tray and cook on high in the microwave for approx. 15 minutes or until tender.
2. Meanwhile, blanch the cauliflower in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for about 5 minutes.
3. Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook, stirring for one minute.  Whisk in the milk a little at a time, bring to the boil and cook stirring until the sauce is thickened and smooth. Stir in half the cheese until melted and season with salt and pepper.
4. Drain the cauliflower, chop into pieces and mix with the cheese sauce.
5. Cut one-third off the top of the potatoes using a sharp knife. Scoop out most of the potato flesh leaving a shell about ½ cm thick all around.
6. Mix the potato flesh together with the cauliflower cheese. Cut the tops of the potatoes in half to make two wedges – one for the dinosaur’s neck and head and one for the tail.
7. Pre-heat the grill. Pile the cauliflower cheese mixture back into the potato shells and put these onto the baking sheet together with the wedges for the dinosaur’s tail.  Sprinkle the stuffed potatoes and the tail wedges with the remaining cheese and cook under the grill for a few minutes until golden.
8. Arrange the potatoes on serving plates. Push the dinosaur’s neck into the potatoes and attach the grilled wedges for the tails.
9. Use the peppers and olives as desired to make the potatoes look like dinosaurs

Clown Frittata
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients

  • 12 oz potatoes, peeled, sliced and cooked
  • 6 medium Eggs 6 medium
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the face

  • 2oz Red cheese, grated (Red Leicester)
  • 1 Mushroom
  • 1 Red pepper
  • 1 small Green pepper
  • 1 small Tomato

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C 350°F
  2. Lightly oil a shallow, oven proof dish.
  3. Arrange the cooked slices of potato in the dish.
  4. Beat the eggs together with some salt and pepper then pour over the potato.
  5. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes until the egg is just starting to set.
  6. Using the cheese, mushroom, peppers and tomato make a clowns face.
  7. Increase the oven temperature to 200_C, 400_F, cook for another 10 minutes.
  8. Serve immediately.

Monster Mash
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients

  • 750g peeled potatoes
  • 1/4 pint milk
  • 8 sausages
  • 1 Can of baked beans
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber

Instructions

  1. Cut the peeled potatoes into even sized chunks and place into a pan, cover with boiling water, add a little salt, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain the potatoes, return to the pan and push the potatoes to one side. Add 1/4 pint milk and heat gently until the milk is almost boiling. Remove from the heat, season and mash until smooth.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking grill 8 sausages and heat a can of baked beans.
  3. Pile the mash onto either one large plate or 4 individual plates and surround with the heated baked beans. Halve the grilled sausages and push into the top of the mash for ‘hair’. Place 2 halves of cherry tomatoes as ‘eyes’ and arrange pieces of cucumber or pepper as ‘teeth’. Finally add a carrot for the ‘nose’!
  4. Serve immediately to your mini monsters! (or children)

For more fun recipes: http://www.lovepotatoes.co.uk/kids/

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