Forever Nigella 9: Halloween Horrors - Blood and Guts Potatoes
Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding.
Forever Nigella this month is all about Halloween, and I decided to cook one of the Nigella dishes that's given iin the book without a photo, mostly because I was intrigued with what it would look like. I read through the recipe, in Feast, unable to visualise how some mozzarella, tomato ketchup and a baked potato could look convincing as blood and guts. But I was thrilled with how they turned out. And when I slid them out of the oven I was gorily impressed.
The tomato ketchup turns the mashed potato filling a fleshy pink, while the stringy blobs of mozzarella are pretty gooey. The children loved them. It's also quick and easy enough to dish up for them not just for Halloween, but when you want to serve something different and a bit fun on a weeknight. Just serve with some veggies, and as Nigella suggests, some cooked sausages.
As well as this, for carb-factor it makes a great kids' party food or something in the Halloween spirit to fill them up before a night's trick or treating.
You'll find the recipe on page 352 of Nigella's book Feast (published by Chatto and Windus, 2006).