Sunday, October 19, 2014

Make It Monday: Cheese & Potato Mice

Do you know Annabel Karmel? She's the best when it comes to fun cooking with kids. My sister-in-law gave me one of her books when my boys were toddlers and we've been cooking together ever since. Karmel's illustrations are gorgeous and her recipes are right on point. This baked potato mice recipe has been our hands down favorite for many years. Enjoy!

PMK big tip: We have learned it's much easier to work with cold potatoes, so bake your potatoes the day before and store them in the fridge to use the following day. When the potatoes are prepared, recook for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven and then broil them to finish off.

Gather your ingredients:

  • 4 potatoes to bake in foil
  • 2 or 3 green onions
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese of choice
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese or Ricotta cheese (we substitute this for milk as in Karmel's recipe)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chives
  • cherry tomatoes
  • toothpicks to hold the whiskers and noses in place
  • radishes (a great way to get kids to try these!)
  • raisins

Take cooled potatoes and cut off the tops. Mix together cheeses and some chopped chives, salt and pepper, and green onions in a bowl. Scoop out the  soft potato centers and then mash them and blend them with the cheese mixture. Next, put the potato and cheese mixture back into the potato skins. Recook the potatoes for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven and then broil to finish. Now decorate with remaining ingredients as pictured below. These are so delicious and always a crowd pleaser. 

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