Hi! Oh I missed y’all. How has everyone been? Any new life developments? New cat/dog/baby pictures to share? What is everyone going to be for Halloween?
Sorry for all the questions! I’m just so out of the loop. I finally took my boards, but I haven’t gotten the results yet, so I’m not home-free yet. That’s pretty much all that’s been going on in my life. Studying, work, running. Taking cat pictures. Increasing my alcohol tolerance, due to nerves.
The week leading up to I my test, we ate Tetra-pak soup and avocados for dinner every night. Jason got frozen Amy’s burritos for lunch, instead of lovingly packed sandwiches and pretzels and homemade cookies.
So I’m very happy to be back in the kitchen.
I’ve been wanting to make a smiley-face fry recipe forever, but I’m glad I waited. These aren’t just any smiley fries. They are jack o’lanterns!
I love Halloween food, don’t you? It’s a perfect excuse to eat fun food, things that look like eyeballs and slime and nobody can say anything about it.
And these look complicated, but they’re quite easy. Chop up some potatoes and simmer them till tender. Then whip them up with a can of pumpkin and some other stuff here and there. Pipe them out onto a cookie sheet — they don’t have to be perfect, jack o’lanterns are supposed to be funky — and bake them up.
I used chopped-up chives for the stems, but if you’re making these for kiddos and you don’t think they’ll like them, feel free to leave them off. These would be prefect for a Halloween party for kids or adults or even just yourself and your boo.
These make a huge batch, which means you might not finish them all in one sitting. Everybody knows fries taste best hot and fresh. If you need to reheat them, do so on a skillet, for a few minutes on each side.
Starred ingredients are common vegan pantry items. For non-vegans, see substitution notes at the end.
- 2 lbs of potatoes
- 1 can of pumpkin
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast*
- 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water)*
- dash of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp crushed or microplane-grated garlic
- 1/2 cup gf flour (I used bob's cup-to-cup, sifted)
- olive oil
- handful of chopped chives
- Peel and cube the potatoes. Bring to a boil in salted water, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes. Drain well and allow to cool completely.
- Blend potatoes with remaining ingredients (minus the olive oil, salt, and chives) until you get a smooth, thick paste.
- Preheat the oven to 450.
- Draw 2.5 inch jack o'lanterns all over a piece of parchment paper (I used a biscuit cutter, and then free handed the eyes, mouth, and stems).
- Flip the parchment over and brush with olive oil.
- Fill a zip lock bag up with potato paste. Don't do all the potato paste at once, it will be too hard to manage. Cut a tip off the end of the bag, just under 1/3-1/2 inch.
- Pipe out the fries, guiding yourself with the outlines you made. If necessary, smooth them out a little with a butter knife.
- Press the chives onto the stems.
- Brush the tops of the fries with olive oil and freckle with coarse salt.
- Bake at 450 for 12 1/2 minutes. Serve hot and with love.
* parmesan cheese may be used in place of nutritional yeast. And a regular egg may be subbed for the flax egg.