If you’re looking for a fun Halloween-themed side dish, you have to make Shrunken Head Potatoes! These spooky, yet savory, baked potatoes will be the talk of the dinner table! (And a great conversation at school the following day!)
These shrunken head potatoes are so easy to make. It may add about 10 minutes to dinner prep, but when you put a “head” on your child (or spouse’s) plate, those extra 10 minutes will be worth it!
Shrunken Potato Heads
I like to use golden or Russet potatoes for this, but I’m sure you can get the same results with any type of potato.
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line your baking sheet with foil or spray a large baking dish with oil/ non-stick spray. A 9×13 baking dish is perfect, but if you’re only baking a few potatoes, you may not need a dish that large.
Wash each potato and set it to the side. Carefully use a paring knife to cut a face in each potato. You don’t have to be perfect when cutting the potato faces – they will shrivel and get funky while baking. Make sure you have eyes, a nose and a mouth. (You can always boil the potato bits you remove!)
Place the potatoes on the baking dish and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil or vegetable oil. I rub the oil all around the potato and add salt. When you’re done, make sure all of the potato faces are facing upwards and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the potato skin is golden and crispy. (Check the potatoes after 40 minutes by sticking a fork in the center. If it’s tender and the fork goes in easily, they are done. If not, cook for another few minutes, checking often.)
Serve with a variety of toppings. Our family favorites include butter, sour cream, chives, cheese and bacon bits!