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Potato Gnomes Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen II (Recipe #13)

Hello Witches & Wizards!

Welcome back to My Harry Potter Kitchen - the Harry Potter blog series, where I'm baking my way through the Wizarding World books coming up with magical Harry Potter recipes every time an item of food or drink is featured! Last week we created a Homemade Bubble Tea Recipe along with four Hogwarts House alternatives!

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This week we're creating a childhood classic snack!

Let's head back to Chapter Three of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 'The Burrow' to see what's next:

"It was small and leathery looking, with a large, knobbly, bald head exactly like a potato"

Potatoes have got to be one of the most diverse vegetables around - and to prove it - I'm going to turn them into garden gnomes!

Potato Smiley snacks were one of my favourite childhood snacks (and truth be told I still quite enjoy them today) which is why I couldn't resist the chance to turn your average potato into some spooky gnomes fresh out of the Burrow.

This Potato Smiley recipe is incredibly easy to make and a great one to do with kids. Once you've made your perfect mash, I'll show you how to shape them however you like before coating and frying them for a magical snack!

What facial expression would your potato gnomes have?

Want to try making your own homemade Potato Smiley snacks? Follow the step by step recipe below to create your own childhood classic!

Homemade Potato Smiley Recipe Ingredients

(makes 9-12 large potato smileys)

  • 6 medium-large potatoes

  • 30g butter

  • 50ml milk

  • salt and pepper

  • 100g plain flour

  • salt and pepper

  • ¼ tsp paprika

  • 2 eggs

  • oil for frying


  1. To begin, peel your potatoes and cut into small chunks - the smaller the chunks the quicker they'll cook (Wizard tip! Keep the potatoes in water once peeled to prevent them from going brown)

  2. Boil the potatoes in hot salted water for 10-15 minutes until cooked through. Drain off and then use a ricer to mash back into your pan. (If you don't have a ricer you can use a standard masher). Season with butter, salt and pepper and milk and then mix well

  3. Cover a tray with baking paper and then press 2-3 tbsp of your potatoes into a circle (check out the video to find out how I used a ricer for this!) Use your fingers and fondant tools to form your face shapes and use any leftover mix to create additional shapes. Place the smileys into the freezer for an hour until set

  4. Just before the potato smileys are ready, begin heating your oil and make your coating by adding your flour, salt, pepper and paprika into a bowl and mixing through. Beat your eggs together separately.

  5. Remove the potato smiley faces from the freezer and dip into the flour, the egg and then back into the flour before placing into the hot oil - they should start bubbling straight away. Fry in small batches to not overload your pan.

  6. You can eat these fresh from the fryer, or allow to cool and freeze - you can then reheat in the oven at 180c (350F) for 15 minutes before serving

The best thing about this recipe (except for the carb goodness) is that you can personalise the faces however you like! Let me know what you would create - and if you bring them to life, share your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #MyHarryPotterKitchen and follow @BradBakes - don't forget to tag me too!

I hope you enjoyed this week's recipe from the Chamber of Secrets! Be sure to Subscribe to Bradley Bakes on YouTube and click on the notification bell to be the first to see the latest recipes every Magic Monday!

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