February 3, 2009

Groundhog Day Dinner

We celebrated Groundhog Day yesterday with a fun dinner.  I thought I would post our menu and the recipes.  We had groundhog burgers, 6 weeks more winter fries, tossed green salad and groundhog cupcakes.  The family thought it was awesome, they especially loved decorating their groundhog cupcakes.  I got the recipes for the potato wedges and the cupcakes off of recipezaar.com.  The potato wedges were amazing.  Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside with just the right amount of spice.   The cupcakes were surprisingly simple and VERY cute!  

Baked Potato Wedges

6 medium potatoes

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoon parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Wash potatoes, cut into wedges.

Mix the next 6 ingredients together in a gallon ziplock bag.  Add potatoes and toss to coat.  Put on greased baking sheet in a single layer

Bake at 350 for 40 min. and then increase heat to 450 degrees and bake an additional 20 min or until crispy and golden brown.

Groundhog Cupcakes

baked cupcakes

almond joy candy bars

brown and red miniature M&M's chocolate candies

chocolate cookie crumbs

white frosting

black decorating gel

Remove a piece of cake the width of an Almond Joy candy from the center of a baked cupcake

Set the candy upright in the hole, then spread a layer of white frosting on the cupcake

For the groundhog's eyes, use white frosting, then dot them with black decorators' gel

For the cheeks and ears use white frosting to place brown M&M minis and then use white frosting and red minis for the nose.  Use white frosting for teeth.

Sprinkle chocolate cookie crumbs around the partially emerged groundhog, and he's ready to greet his fans.

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