ashed Potato Ghosts of Halloweegans Present and Past

  • Hang onto your souls! This post is all about mashed potato ghosts! My favorite! Remember the Dead Man Burger from a few days ago? It inspired this Ghostly Dead Man dinner. The dead dude is an individual veggie meatloaf shaped inside a gingerbread man cookie cutter... *spooky music*

    1 tbsp olive oil
    1/2 small onion, finely chopped (use more if you're an onion person)
    1/2 cup tomato sauce
    1 tbsp tomato paste
    2 tbsp soy milk
    1/4 tsp salt (I'm not very salty, add more if this seems too little for you)
    2 tsp adobo OR 1 tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning (I've used both and they both work well)
    2 cups ground beef style crumbles
    3/4 cup breadcrumbs

    Baste:
    1/4 cup tomato sauce
    2 tbsp ketchup
    2 tsp brown sugar

    1- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2- In a sauce pan, saute the onion in the olive oil until tender.
    3- Whisk together the tomato sauce, tomato paste, soy milk, salt and adobo.
    4- Add the tomato mix to the sauteed onions in the saucepan (it will splatter a little bit, tomato fireworks!) and heat it up just until it simmers.*
    5- Stir in the frozen beef style crumbles and remove from heat.
    6- Stir in the breadcrumbs.
    7- Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Take out about 1/4 of the meatloaf mix and shape into a loaf with your hands (it's messy, so use gloves if you must). Place the loaf on the baking dish and do the same with the rest of the mix to form 4 loaves. If you're making the little presents instead, shape the meatloaf mix into 6 to 8 little squares and place them on the baking dish.
    8- Whisk together the three basting ingredients and brush half of the mix on the tops and sides of each mini loaf/square.
    9- Bake for 15 minutes.
    10- Remove from the oven, flip the loaves/squares upside down and brush the rest of the basting mix on the tops and sides. Bake for 10 more minutes.

    NOTES:

    *You don't need to simmer the tomato mix if you're using thawed or refrigerated crumbles. Just add the tomato mix to the onions and stir in the non-frozen crumbles right away.

    To make mashed potato ghosts, all you need is some fairly firm mashed potatoes, a pastry bagor ziploc bag with a tip cut off, and whatever you want to use for the eyes, which you will be applying with a toothpick. I like making ketchup eyes, because they're red and creepy! Just load up your bag with mashed potatoes and squeeze out little ghostly shapes onto a plate, applying more pressure at the base of the ghosts and less toward the top. To make the eyes, dip the tip of a toothpick in ketchup and gently "paint" the eyes on the ghosts.

    It's best to start with warm mashed potatoes, not piping hot, or your poor hands will hate you. Make the ghosts first, then heat them up in the microwave or conventional oven if you're using an oven-safe dish, and then finish plating your dinner. Making mashed potato ghosts is easy as pie - Haunted Cottage Pie!

    http://www.wingitvegan.com/2010/10/mashed-potato-ghosts-of-halloweegans.html

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