Welcome to Day 1 of Halloween Treats Week, 2019! Today I’m bringing you this hauntingly delicious Halloween Potato Eyes, or smashed creamer potatoes dressed up with goat cheese, olive slices, and Sriracha eyes.
Serve them with (as?) eyes for Halloween, or simply sprinkle crumbled goat cheese over warm smashed and fried creamer potatoes for a delicious potato appetizer any time of year.
If you’re a fan of spooky, savory treats, you may also like my Halloween Devilish Deviled Eggs.
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Smashed Creamer Potatoes
I love to make smashed creamer potatoes when I want a little something different in a Potato Treat.
It’s a three step process, but they are really easy to make.
- Boil the potatoes until tender. I find with baby or new potatoes, this only takes 12-13 minutes.
- Smash them gently with a spatula, the bottom of a glass, or some other flat object.
- Either roast them in the oven or pan fry them until crisp.
Boil them in salted water to ensure the potato flavor really shines. You can even add pepper to the water as well, if you like a little bite.
Once they’re boiled and smashed, you can add whatever seasonings you’d like. Sprinkle them with your favorite herbs and/or spices before roasting or pan frying.
Why Boil, Smash, and Then Roast?
It does sound like a lot, doesn’t it? Each step is easy to do, though.
When you smash the cooked potatoes, you are increasing the surface area that gets crispy in the oven (or in a pan), and brown crispiness equals more flavor.
So if you need a reason other than “it’s fun to smash things,” you’re upping the flavor quotient without having to use a ton of ingredients.
How to Make Halloween Potato Eyes
Once you have your creamer potatoes smashed and crisp, let them cool to warm or even room temperature. Then you can build your eyes.
I chose to make discs of goat cheese for the whites of the eyes, and I used a sliced olive that happened to be stuffed with garlic and jalapeno as the iris. Then, I made a dot of Sriracha for the pupils.
You can use whatever you’d like for your decorations.
For the whites of the eyes, consider
- Slices of hard boiled egg
- fresh mozzarella
- white bean dip
- hummus (for not quite whites of the eyes!)
Really, anything you think would be tasty and looks like eyes would work.
For irises, black or green olives are the obvious choice, and then for the pupil, a caper would work, or use a drop of Sriracha or other hot sauce like I did.
It’s Halloween, so have fun!
Halloween Treats Week Recipes: Monday 10/7
Before we get on with the Halloween eyeball smashed creamer potatoes recipe, please check out all the other great recipes from our Halloween Treats Week Bloggers.
- Chocolate Candy Witch Cauldrons from Big Bear’s Wife
- Candy Corn Fudge from Fake Ginger
- Candy Corn Layer Cake from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Candy Corn Cookie Bars from 4 Sons R Us
- Halloween Potato Eyes from Pastry Chef Online (you’re here!)
- Monster Munch Chex Party Mix from I am a Honey Bee
- Gluten Free Chocolate Monster Cookies from Frugal & Fit
- Caramel Sprinkle Baked Donuts from Cookaholic Wife
- Ghostly Popcorn Balls from Our Good Life
- Hocus Pocus Spell Book Brownies from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Mummy Cake Pops from Jen Around the World
- Zombie Chocolate Donuts from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
- Black Cauldron Bubbly Cupcakes from Daily Dish Recipes
- Boolicious Caramel Chocolate Covered Fruit from Everyday Eileen
- Jack-o-Lantern Candy Bark from Sweet Beginnings
- Caramel Apple Blossoms from For the Love of Food
- Monster Marshmallows from Shockingly Delicious
- Halloween Muddy Buddies from Back To My Southern Roots
- Mummy Crinkle Cookies from Creative Southern Home
- Sally’s Sugar Cookies from The Spiffy Cookie
- Eyeball Thumbprint Cookies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Eye of Newt Halloween Wands from Who Needs A Cape?
- Halloween Brownie Pudding Parfait from Desserts Required
- Halloween No Bake Cheesecake from Lemon Blossoms
- Halloween Dipped Ice Cream Cones from West Via Midwest
- Pumpkin Soup with Savory Spices and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Nancie’s Table
- Halloween Stuffed Chocolate Whoopie Pies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Death by Chocolate Dessert Ball from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Jack o Lantern Bundt Cake from The Redhead Baker
- Frankenstein Cupcake Cake from Jonesin’ For Taste
- Chocolate Truffle Pumpkin Spider Cake from Sweet ReciPEAs
- Spooky Sprinkled Brownies from The Beard and The Baker
- Halloween Candy Charcuterie Board from Pint Sized Baker
- Halloween Monster Buttermilk Pancakes from Katie’s Cucina
- Sugar Skull Layer Cake from Love and Confections
- Mummy Meringue Pops from My Sweet Zepol
- Halloween Hidden Bat Loaf Cat from Savory Moments
- Vegan Halloween Cookies & Cream Fault Line Cake from The Baking Fairy
- Halloween Corn Chip Dessert Bars from Intelligent Domestications
- Oogie Boogie Meringue Cupcakes from A Blender Mom
- Smores Ghost Brownies from Books n’ Cooks
Okay, Let’s Make Some Halloween Potato Eyes!
I really hope you love these tasty and easy smashed creamer potatoes, you guys! If you make them, please share a photo with me, either in the PCO Facebook Group or on instagram by tagging @onlinepastrychef and using hashtag #pcorecipe. Thanks, and enjoy!
For the Potatoes
- 24 new red skinned potatoes, washed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
- water to cover
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 4-5 large olives
- Sriracha or other hot sauce in a squeeze bottle
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Place the washed potatoes in a pan along with the salt, pepper (if using), and enough water to cover by about an inch.
- Bring to a boil, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 12-15 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and put them back in the pan over low heat to dry them for 3-5 minutes.
- Put the potatoes on a cutting board and gently smash each one until it is about 1/4"-1/3" thick.
- Brush the oil over a half sheet pan.
- Place the smashed potatoes on the pan in one layer. Sprinkle on any additional spices or herbs you like.
- Roast on the middle rack for 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are as crisp as you'd like them.
- Remove to a cooling rack to cool until warm.
- For each "eye" you'll need about 1 teaspoon of goat cheese rolled into a ball and then pressed into a disc, 1 slice of olive, and a drop of Sriracha.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutritional information is calculated for 2 potatoes per person.
Cook time includes both boiling and roasting/pan-fry time.
Directions for Pan Frying
- Preheat a cast iron skillet until hot. Drizzle in the oil and then gently fry potatoes in batches, flipping as necessary, until the potatoes take on a nice golden brown color.
- Cool, and proceed with the rest of the recipe.
NOTE: Potatoes will be fragile once cooked, whether in the oven or on the stove, so treat them gently. They will firm up as they cool.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 61 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 4mg Sodium 257mg Carbohydrates 3g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 0g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 2g
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