Halloween will be here before we know it, and when it arrives, adults and children alike will slip into the night disguised as ghouls, goblins, and ghosts — either to attend a grown-up Halloween party or, in the case of the little ones, just to go “trick-or-treating” in hopes of coming home with a pillowcase filled with candy.
Another way to have some Halloween fun? Create a spine-tingling recipe to celebrate the most unearthly of all holidays … and I’ve done just that.
Made with both mashed Idaho® potatoes and Idaho® hashbrown potatoes, loaded up with bacon, cheddar cheese, and fresh chives, and then topped with a sour cream spiderweb, my “spooky spiderweb” loaded mashed potato cakes are an adorably frightening way to use up leftover mashed potatoes … and a devilishly savory treat to serve to the ghouls, goblins, and ghosts at your Halloween party this year.
Now, why two types of Idaho® potatoes, you ask? Well, The Chef and I sometimes prefer our mashed potatoes on the creamy side — with lots of butter and cream — and while leftover creamy mashed potatoes do firm up in the refrigerator, they can still be a tad too loose to transform into mashed potato cakes. The addition of hashbrown potatoes easily solves that problem, by both bulking up the potatoes (making them easier to form into cakes) and adding a toothsome texture to each delicious bite.
And by delicious, I mean really delicious. They’re crispy on the outside, soft and pillowy on the inside, and filled with the same great taste a loaded baked potato yields. Like I said … delicious.
So, whether you’re hosting a super scary Halloween party this year — or you just want to make an eerie dinnertime treat for your family — my spooky spiderweb loaded mashed potato cakes are sure to please even the most cold-hearted Halloween specter!
- 2 cups prepared mashed Idaho® potatoes
- 1 cup frozen Idaho® hashbrown potatoes, thawed
- 6 slices bacon, cooked, cooled, and crumbled
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 to 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, the hashbrown potatoes, and the next 8 ingredients (the bacon through the egg) until well combined.
- Using a 1½-inch scoop (or your hands), portion out the potato mixture into even portions. Shape each portion into a patty, then coat each side of the patty with the panko bread crumbs.
- Heat the olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn and cook another 2 to 3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.
- Place the browned patties on a baking sheet, then bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then pipe the sour cream on top to make the spiderwebs.
Now that you’ve been thoroughly spooked by my spooky spiderweb loaded mashed potato cakes, head on over to the Idaho Potato Commission website to learn more about the benefits of Idaho® potatoes … and don’t forget you can also find them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram too!
And of course, you have to check out the rest of the wicked Idaho® potato recipes from my Sunday Supper pals … and be sure to follow our #SundaySupper Fun and Creepy Halloween Recipe Pinterest board too!
Fun and Spooky Potato Savory Bites:
- A Bowlful of Creepy Crawlies by kimchi MOM
- Bloody Mary Potatoes by The Messy Baker
- Devilish Potato Mummies by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas by Alida’s Kitchen
- Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Jalapeno Chili Stuffed Potato Mummies by Feed Me, Seymour
- Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Web Casserole by NeighborFood
- Mashed Potato Grave by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Mashed Potato Monsters by Ruffles & Truffles
- Monster Mash Potatoes by Curious Cuisiniere
- Roasted Potato Eyeballs by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Roasted Potato Graveyard by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Spooky Halloween Potatoes Graveyard by Clarks Condensed
- Spooky Spiderweb Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes by Rhubarb and Honey
- Stuffed Potato Spiders by Family Foodie
- Twice Baked Potato Graves by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Twice Baked Potato Mummies Covered with Roaches by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Fun and Spooky Potato Sweet Treats:
- Chocolate Potato Skull Cake by Magnolia Days
- Potato Candy Spiders by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Raspberry Ghoulash by Desserts Required
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post by the Idaho Potato Commission. That being said, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe you, the reader, will enjoy — and I will never endorse any product or service that I do not fully support.