It’s definitely worth enjoying the cold snowy days while they are here, however; also worthwhile is a warm, cheesy comfort food inspired by the need for something to warm the insides on cold days. If you are snowed in, this can be the perfect way to get a little messy, practice fine motor skills and eat some nutrient rich greens.
Do you have leftover mashed potatoes? Gather the family around to make a delightful and nutrient packed potato popper. This can be a fearless a kitchen exploration, because there is no way these ingredients could be combined that wouldn’t taste good.
First, gather your bowl, aprons, mixing spoon, baking tray and preheat the oven (375). Use the microwave or the stove top to thaw…
1/2 cup frozen spinach
and then mix with …
2 cups mashed potato.
Now you have a nice potato spinach dough that can be rolled into balls. Get a little messy! Can you roll potato balls that are big, small, the size of a cherry? Once a variety of potato balls have been made (all the better if they are different sizes and shapes) place a cranberry sized chunk of…
cubed cheddar cheese (½ cup in total)
in each ball. Finish each potato ball off by rolling in…
breadcrumbs (½ cup total)
I used Panko, but any crumbs would be fine. Finally, bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy now or freeze for later!
–Brittany Liscord,Educator & Community Engagement Coordinator