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Potato and squash snowmen

Potato and squash snowmen from Annabel’s Essential Guide to Feeding your Baby & Toddler’ available on iTunes £3.99

It’s easy to make a baked potato into a special treat and children will have fun helping you make them. Make sure you remove all the cocktail stocks before serving the potatoes.

2  x 250g potato (oval)
2 x 90g potato (round)
125 g butternut squash peeled
4 to 5 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
A knob of butter
2 baby carrots
Frozen peas
Strips of red pepper
A little cream cheese
And for decoration a cherry tomato on the vine and a pretzel


1.  Preheat the oven to 200C/400 F (Gas 6).  Prick the potatoes with a fork. Cook the large potatoes in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes and the small potatoes for  45 to 50 minutes  until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

2. Slice a thin slice off the bases of the potatoes. Scoop out some of the cooked potato, making sure you leave a border so that they keep their shape.

3. Peel the butternut squash and cut into small cubes. Cook in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes until soft.  Mix the squash with the scooped out potato flesh and mash together. Add the parmesan cheese and the knob of butter and season to taste.

4.Stuff both of the potatoes with the squash mixture. Put the large potato onto a plate and put the small potato on top to make the snowman’s head. Attach a small baby carrot for the nose and for the hat, using a cocktail-stick or make a small hole in the potato and push the carrot into the hole. Attach peas for the eyes and for the buttons (you could use a dab of cream cheese as glue or cocktail sticks) and attach a strip of red pepper for the mouth.

Suitable from one year
Prep time 25 minutes
Cooking time approx 1 hour
Makes 2 snowmen

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