I think this might just be the single most ridiculous recipe I’ve ever shared here. In fact, it’s not even a recipe really, it’s just a reason to giggle to yourself in the kitchen for twenty minutes while you try to cut some teeth out of a bit of feta cheese, and make a pair of eyebrows out of a black olive.
As I said – ridiculous.
So, what’s the reason for this monstrosity? The Brits among you may be able to guess based on the veg I used for MPH’s nose. His red nose, I should say.
That’s right! Red Nose Day is coming up on 13th March, and to help support the campaign, I was asked to prepare a ‘funny bake’… well, I’m not the best baker in the world, but if there’s one thing I can manage, it’s a baked potato – and nothing is funnier than a hat made of an avocado.
In case you’re not familiar with Red Nose Day (I’m guessing a lot of non-Brits won’t have a clue what I’m talking about), it’s a campaign that raises millions of pounds every other year. Every single pound of donated money goes towards people who need it, both in the UK and abroad. You can find out more on the Red Nose Day website.
If you’d like to help the cause this year, you can buy your very own Henry Holland designed Red Nose Day apron by Homesense (as well as other RND merch) – £6.50 of the cost of the apron goes straight to the campaign. You can see the apron below, being modelled by some strange person who appears to have broken into my kitchen and pranced about a bit.
I call these ones ‘oh god what am I doing, I’m not a fashion blogger’ and ‘I wonder what happens if I shrug my shoulders a bit’, respectively.
Anyway, back to Mr Potato Head. He was actually surprisingly easy to make, with the help of some strategically placed cocktail sticks. His eyes and mouth were cut from a thin slice of feta, the eyebrows, pupils and moustache were tiny pieces of black olive, and the nose was obviously a nice round cherry tomato. Then I just added some string cheese arms, an avocado hat, and some mushroom shoes, and he was complete!
Look, he has actual fingers and everything!
Obviously you can make your Mr Potato Head however you like, if you’re not keen on my ingredient choices. I was originally going to add some big ears too, but I thought he looked better without, so I left them off (because obviously, he needed to look just perfect and not at all comical… hardy har). I was considering using raw cauliflower florets for the ears, but then I decided that I wanted everything to be edible (I know you can eat raw cauliflower, but it’s not exactly tempting). That way, he can just be smashed up with a fork to eat (sorry MPH), without having to worry about removing the inedible bits (apart from the cocktail sticks!!! You definitely want to remove those…).
Are you going to make a ‘funny bake’ to help support Red Nose Day this year? If so, make sure you share a picture on Twitter using the hashtag #raisesomedough
- 1 large potato
- 1 cherry tomato
- 1 button mushroom
- slice Thin of feta cheese
- A few black olives
- 1 string cheese
- 1/2 avocado
- Also: cocktail sticks to secure
Bake the potato according to your preferred method - I usually start off in the microwave for a few minutes (depending on the size of the potato), until the potato is nearly soft in the middle, then place it in the oven at about 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F) for twenty minutes or so to crisp up.
Make sure the potato will lay flat - use some cocktail sticks underneath as legs to keep it sturdy if you need to.
Using a cocktail stick, add the cherry tomato to the middle of the potato to act as a nose.
Chop the button mushroom in half, and secure each half to the near side of the potato to act as feet.
Cut two circles out of the feta cheese, and place them above the nose to create eyes. Cut a smile shape, and place below the nose to create a mouth. I found I didn't need to secure the feta at all, it just rested on the potato.
Cut two tiny circles out of a piece of black olive, and place on the white eyes to create pupils. Cut another slice of olive in half to create two eyebrows, and fashion a moustache out of another piece. Place in the appropriate places on the potato.
Halve the string cheese lengthwise, and then cut each piece down to about 3 inches long. Separate the first inch of each piece into four or five fingers. With more cocktail sticks, secure the 'arms' to the two sides of the potato.
Finally, secure the avocado half to the far side of the potato as a hat (I needed to use a couple of cocktail sticks for this, as the avocado is relatively heavy).