Scary Shrunken Potato Heads Recipe: A Delightfully Creepy (and Easy!) Halloween Recipe by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Host of KSCU 103.3 FM LIVE Food Talk Radio S.F. Bay Area

8 months ago
Scary Shrunken Potato Heads Recipe: A Delightfully Creepy (and Easy!) Halloween Recipe

These easy Halloween snacks are gorgeously ghoulish. Kids and adults will love dunking shrunken potato heads into a creepy slime dip (aka avocado dip, see recipe below), gumbo, soup, etouffe, ranch dressing or serve as a side dish with chicken, beef or fish. Halloween party food doesn't get easier than this!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12


  • 24 small elongated potatoes (plump fingerlings work well)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Avocado Dip

  • 1 avocado, halved, pit removed and peeled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 bunch chives, snipped

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Use the end of a small, sharp knife to carefully carve faces into the potatoes by carefully digging the point of the knife 1/4 to 1/2 inch into the potato and carve out eyes, noses and mouths. Place the potatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with the oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Make sure all the faces are facing upwards. Roast in a preheated 400-degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes until golden and crispy and, of course, shrunken and ghoulish.
  2. If making the avocado dip, mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork. Stir in the sour cream, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice and whisk to combine. Top with the chives.

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