Get your kids to make this bunny shaped fun finger food recipe with dairy free mashed potatoes, an all beef hotdog, peas, carrots, and an olive. You can make this fun kid's snack recipe with leftover potatoes from our dairy free mashed potatoes recipe on YouTube. But if you already have leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge, then this is a great assembly recipe for a kid's lunch snack.
Do you have a picky eater in your family? Nowadays you can find organic, all natural all beef hotdogs at just about any grocery store. You can try this recipe to get him motivated to eat his vegetables. It works in my house with my brother Ronan.
We live in Ireland, so potatoes are a favorite side dish in our house. Sometimes Mum makes extra potatoes for dinner. Then we have leftovers. She used to have a hard time getting us to eat those left-over spuds.
My baby brother Ronan was the worst! He used to cry and kick up when Mum tried to serve them over again for lunch the next day.
Then I came up with an idea. What if I turned those piles of mash into a funny-looking rabbit?
So that is exactly what I did!
Ronan had a great time with himself. He was rolling up the mashed potatoes into balls and building his bunny piece by piece. And guess what? He ate it too! So if you would like to make them yourself, I will tell you what to do! It is a good recipe for a club meeting too, if you don't have a big group of kids. Just read the labels on your hotdog to be sure it doesn't have your allergens in it. If you'd like you can use allergy-friendly sausages instead. And get ready to eat everything on your plate. This hare is really, really, tasty!
We used frozen crinkled cut carrots and frozen peas. You make the veggies really fast. Mum says you should just blanch them. Do you know what that means? That's easy. You just boil some water in a kettle. Then you pour it in a bowl over the frozen carrots and peas and let it sit a while. That's it! When you blanch the veggies they don't get too soft. Soft carrots will not stay together nicely so they don't make good feet!
I will start by telling you how my mum makes mashed potatoes. She boils them for 30-40 minutes on the stove in their skins because they keep their nutrients better when you don't peel them first. (Although peeling them first is easier. Nana says she hates peeling hot potatoes!) She drains out the water and then she dries them out for 5 minutes while the flame is on low. Then mum mashes spuds with a potato masher right in the pot. This is a potato masher She adds a little sea salt and sometimes a little palm oil or a little ghee. If you are not allergic to milk you can add some butter. That's the way my Grandad likes it, slathered in butter.
Now to make the Bouncy Bunny Mash you need to put four carrots on your plate. Make sure they make a box shape because the carrots are your bunny's four paws. Now put a scoop of mashed potatoes on top of the carrot feet. Take a small bit of mash and roll it in your hands to make the bunny tail. Take a bigger bit and roll it in your hands to make a bunny head. If your mash is dry and crumbly just add a tiny bit of water to it. Using a plastic disposable knife, carefully cut your hotdog in half. Now ask your mum to heat it up for you. Stick your hotdogs on your bunny's head to make the ears.
Now take one black olive and use it for the bunny nose. Cooking Tip: Does your olive label says it is made with potassium sorbate? That comes from an Ash tree and is a mold stopper!
Make the bunny eyes by using two peas. My mum always gives me a big spoon of peas on my plate too. I love to eat peas. Finally, take that last carrot slice and make the mouth with it. You can cut the carrot if you'd like. You are finished! Enjoy eating your Bouncy Bunny Mash!
Boys and Girls,
Check out my picture recipe that teaches you how to make those yummy spuds the dairy-free way. It's really easy to do with a little help from a parent.
If you like this recipe you may want to see a few more of my other recipes too! Have fun! And happy cooking!
P.S. We have a whole list of Quick Recipes, too!
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