Snowman mashed potatoes are a fun, festive way to serve up a boring side. Serve this fun vegetable with your holiday dinner or as a simple snow day treat. Mashed potato snowmen make eating a vegetable more fun for picky eaters – get your kids involved in decorating and “dressing” your snowman and it can turn into a fun tradition!
Sometime I get these ideas and I can’t get them out of my head until I make it happen, for better or worse.
Like, that time I thought you could turn noodles into bats and carrots into pumpkins for soup – giving you Chicken Boo-dle soup. (success!)
Or that time I decided I wanted to crochet a baby blanket when I was pregnant with Ryan. (not such a success. I have the 1/3 finished blanket in a bag somewhere in a closet somewhere. On the bright side, I watched all seasons of Buffy and Charmed while making it, so it wasn’t a total bust.)
This time, it was making a snowman out of mashed potatoes.
I was thinking about how it was supposed to snow, which made me want to cry, but it also made me think about snowballs and letting the kids throw them, and it made me think of making a snowman with the boys.
And then I remembered I absolutely hate the cold and I had no desire.
After a really weird train of thought – trust me, my brain is a weird and scary place – I somehow thought – HEY! I can make a snowman with mashed potatoes. I mean, that’s the natural way brains work, right? RIGHT?
Anyway, this lead to deciding that night’s dinner would undoubtedly include mashed potatoes which lead us here: Snowman Mashed Potatoes.
A scoop of mashed potatoes is turned into a fun, festive little snowman, complete with a hat!
Tips for making Snowman Mashed Potatoes
- This is not for wimpy, thin mashed potatoes – you want thick, stick to the spoon ‘taters.
- Use a spring loaded ice cream scoop! This will give you a round canvas. Otherwise you’ll have to hand shape which does not sound fun.
- If you do need to do some rounding, dip your finger in water before doing so.
- If you want, try a smaller cookie scoop and do a ‘laying down’ snowman with 2 or 3 smaller scoops.
- Decide and prep your decorations ahead of time so you’re not rushing to get it on the table after scooping.
How to make a Mashed Potato Snowman
- First, decide how many scoops.
For us, I did 2 scoops because it looked so cute, but if that’s way too much food for your kids, you cna just do a head. You could also easily do 2-3 small scoops laying down for a full snowman. totally up to you!
- Next, prep your decorations. Cut all of your veggies before you even scoop so you’re not rushing around.
Here are some suggestions for what you can use for your mashed potato snowman:
Eyes and Mouth: Easiest is going to be olives, but slices of bell pepper or carrot would work great.
Nose: Why mess with a solid thing – a slice of carrot gets my vote, but orange bell pepper would be a close second.
Scarf: A bit of chive wrapped around, a slice of roasted red pepper (it will drape easier than fresh)
Buttons: Slices of carrot, black olives, or diced bell pepper
Arms: cuts of bell pepper or carrot would work best!
Hat: A slice of olive stacked under a smaller, whole olive. I used bits of an English cucumber – the ends are typically thinner than the middle, which makes for a perfect hat.
Once you’re all prepped, make your mashed potatoes and get ready to scoop!
Using a clean, spring loaded ice cream scoop, add a rounded scoop to your plate. Add another scoop on top. If your top scoop looks too flat on the bottom, dip your fingers in water and gently round the edges as needed.
Get to decorating! I added the face and buttons first, then the arms and then the hat but really, the order doesn’t matter. If you’re making a few, I would definitely recommend a production line style, so all plates get eyes at the same time, then buttons, etc.
That’s it, guys! Seriously so stinking cute. Owen IMMEDIATELY saw this and demanded he eat it, even it it was 2 in the afternoon. (being a blogger is weird.) He ate the whole thing, which is a miracle considering that he ate none of his mashed potatoes 2 weeks ago with dinner.
Making food fun can do magical things!
Okay, so tell me – does your brain take things in crazy directions? Would your kids love this as much as mine did? Let me know in the comments!
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