Return cooked potatoes to pot and stir over medium heat about 1 minute. Be careful not to scorch potatoes. Using a potato masher, mash in hot milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat with wooden spoon until potatoes are smooth and creamy. Stir in any optional add-ins, if desired. Serves 5.
To create ghosts: Create ghost shapes on waxed paper or aluminum foil. Cut out ghost shapes from the waxed paper or aluminum foil to create a stencil. Place potatoes on serving dishes or cookie sheets. It will take about 1/2 cup to 1 cup mashed potatoes for each ghost. Place the stencil on top of the mashed potatoes, cut ghost shape out of the potatoes, then lift away the stencil. Or use a rubber spatula to create your ``free-form'' ghosts. Use sliced olives to create circular shapes for the eyes and mouth. Raisins also can be used.
Note: To warm Mashed Potato Ghosts, place ghosts on a microwave-safe plate and cook in microwave oven on high (100 percent power) for 2 to 4 minutes. To reheat in oven, place ghosts on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees, loosely covered with aluminum foil for 7 to 8 minutes or until heated through.
- Associated Press