Shrunken Potato Heads Recipe: A Creepy Halloween Side Dish by Chef Gigi

Shrunken Potato Heads Recipe: A Creepy Halloween Side Dish

Need a spooky Halloween side dish or snack? These easy Halloween shrunken head potatoes 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

To make these Halloween potatoes you will need elongated potatoes and olive oil. If you want to dunk them in the avocado dip, grab an avocado, sour cream, garlic, lemon juice and fresh chives. You can also dip them in marinara sauce (aka blood) or even ranch dressing.

Halloween party food doesn't get easier than this! What a fun recipe for Halloween dinner! 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24


  • 24 small elongated potatoes 
  • 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

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Recipe Notes

  • Plump fingerling potatoes work well for this recipe. You could also use small Yukon gold potatoes.
  • Store the potatoes in an airtight container. 
  • If you have leftover potatoes, chop them up for potato salad or breakfast potatoes.

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.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 155

Total Fat: 4g

Saturated Fat: 1.2g

Cholesterol: 2mg

Sodium: 13mg

Total Carbohydrate: 27.8g

Dietary Fiber: 4.7g

Total Sugars: 2g

Protein: 3.2g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 23mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 742mg

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Chef Gigi
I knew you would!!!
Chef Gigi
Don't be spooked- we're in charge of the Ketchup! HAHAH !
Way too much fun 🎃
Elisa Schmitz
This is hilarious (and delicious), Chef Gigi Gaggero, Our 30Seconds Resident Chef ! What a fun thing to make with the family!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Creeeeepy! My boys would love these!

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