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Mummy meatloaf and mashed boo-tatoes.

My niece told me a joke, and I just had to share it. It’s soo terrible, and it’s soo freaking cute.

What does a panda ghost eat?

What?

Bam-BOOO

 Last year I lived with my religious grandmother, so my fall theme was pumpkins, nothing fun or spooky.

Since I couldn’t decorate, I had to find a new way to get creative and get my nieces into the Halloween spirit. I found that making fun recipes not only got them to eat, but it made eating fun.

Today’s recipe is a family favorite: Mummy meatloaf and mashed boo-tatoes.

Oh, My Blog! I’m telling you this is the best meatloaf! Ever!

MEATLOAF

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium onion)
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the onion, garlic, milk, oats, egg, salt, and peppers in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes to soak up the liquid. Add in the ground beef and mix gently with your hands, just until combined. 
  3. Place ground beef into 4 (6×2-inch) loaves. Bake for 45 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, remove dough from the can; unroll and Cut into 4 rectangles.
  5. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into 7 strips. Alternately cross 7 strips over each meatloaf to look like “bandages.”
  6. Bake 17 to 20 minutes longer or until golden brown
  7. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes before cutting.

MASHED POTATOES

  • 1 1/2 lbs russet potatoes peeled and quartered lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp reserved liquid from cooking potatoes
  • 1/4 c parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • Put potatoes into a saucepan.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Add water until potatoes are covered.
  1. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes, or until done.
  2. Melt butter and stir in cream.
  3. Drain water from potatoes, reserving some.
  4. Put hot potatoes into a bowl.
  5. Add cream and melted butter and 1 Tbs reserved liquid.
  6. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until well mashed.
  7. Use a spoon to continue stirring/mashing, adding more liquid until you get the desired consistency.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Now stir in parmesan cheese and 1 already beaten egg.
  10. Put potatoes in a piping bag, or Ziploc with a corner cut off, and pipe your ghosts onto a lined baking sheet.
  11. Put black peppercorns in for eyes (black sesame seeds work too)
  12. Put in a 375-degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

Mashed potatoes were one of the first things I learned to make. I’m not going to lie; I’m usually tired and lazy when I cook and use a bag instead of making actual ones.

You can use instant mashed potatoes and achieve the same thing by piping the mashed potatoes out into ghost form!

Eat, drink, and be scary.

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