Vampire Bats Halloween Mashed Potatoes

Vampire Bats Halloween Mashed Potatoes
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Vampire Bats Halloween Mashed Potatoes. This clever Halloween potato recipe is from the Idaho Potato Commission.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • neon purple liquid food coloring
  • 8 kernels frozen corn
  • 2 pimiento pieces

Directions

  1. Prepare mashed potatoes using your favorite recipe, or click here for ours.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the food coloring to the potatoes a few drops at a time, stirring to combine. Add more coloring to achieve the desired shade of purple.
  3. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the potatoes onto the center of each of 4 microwave-safe plates. With clean, damp fingers, shape each scoop of potatoes into a vertical rectangle about 1 1/2 X 3 1/2-inches, forming the bodies of the bats. Spoon remaining potatoes into a plastic, zip-top sandwich bag; press out the air and zip it closed. Snip one-half inch off of one corner at the bottom of the bag. By squeezing the potatoes out of the hole in the bag, pipe a 5-inch wide, shallow, inverted "V" on each side of the rectangle bat body to form the top of the bat's wings. Then pipe a wide "W" to form the underside of the wings. Squeeze some potatoes in the center of the wing and spread with a small spatula to fill them in.
  4. To finish, create ears on the top of the body with two corn kernels; use a small piece of red pimiento for the bat's mouth. Repeat with the remaining potatoes on three additional plates to make a total of four bats.
  5. Reheat the bats in the microwave and serve.