I haven't cooked a real dinner all week, and tonight's dinner was another easy one-- leftover brats from the weekend, fresh green beans, mashed potatoes, and homemade bread from the freezer. I felt like being creative, though, so I formed the mashed potatoes into sculptures and baked them.
I used instant mashed potatoes to save time, but I added an egg to the liquid to make them richer. I pulled out my cookie cutters (which I haven't used for quite a few years) and picked out some open-backed ones that didn't have any narrow areas to use for molds. There was an elephant, a sailboat, a boot, and a pig. I greased the molds well with shortening, set them on a cookie sheet, and filled them all with potatoes. Holding my breath, I slowly pulled the molds away. Voila! Beautiful little mashed potato figures.
I baked the figures in the oven, and they came out looking like twice-baked potatoes. They tasted great.