*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                            Mashed Potato Ghosts
 
 Recipe By     : Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Milwaukee Journal Sentinel       Holidays
                 Vegetables
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    2      pounds        potatoes, peeled and cut
                         into 1-inch chunks (about 5 cups)
      5/8  cup           hot milk
    2      tablespoons   butter
      1/2  teaspoon      salt
      7/8  teaspoon      black pepper
      1/2  cup           grated sharp cheddar cheese (optional)
    2      tablespoons   freshly chopped parsley or dill (optional)
      1/2  cup           small black olives
 
 Place potatoes in large pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to boil 
 and cook 13 to 15 minutes, or until very tender. Drain in colander. 
 Return cooked potatoes to pot and stir over medium heat about 1 minute, 
 until excess water has evaporated. Remove from heat and, using potato 
 masher, mash in hot milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat with wooden 
 spoon until potatoes are smooth and creamy. Stir in optional add-ins if 
 desired.
 
 Create stencils of ghost shapes out of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place 
 stencils on cookie sheet or microwaveable serving dish. Working with 1/2 
 to 1 cup mashed potatoes per ghost, use rubber spatula to fill in 
 stencil’s ghost shapes. Lift stencils off finished ghosts. Using small 
 paring knife, slice olives to create circular shapes to be used for eyes 
 and mouth.
 
 To warm ghosts, microwave on high (100% power) 3 to 5 minutes on 
 microwavable dish. If using an oven, place potatoes on cookie sheet and 
 reheat at 350 degrees, loosely covered with foil, 10 to 15 minutes or 
 until heated through. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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