Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Mounds of mashed potatoes with red fiery lava oozing down onto a bed of "trees". Great fun for kids! (Ok, we won't tell if you enjoy the fun too) :)
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- 1⁄2 cup low-fat milk
- salt, to taste (optional)
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons unbleached flour
- 1⁄2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 cup broccoli floret, steamed (small florets)
- Put the diced potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water.
- Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer over medium heat until tender, about 15 minutes.
- When the potatoes are done, drain them and transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Add the margarine and 1/2 cup milk and stir.
- Mash the potatoes well with a potato masher, then add a little salt if desired.
- In the meantime, make the "lava."
- Heat the 1 cup milk in a small saucepan.
- Dissolve the flour in just enough water to make it smooth and flowing.
- When the milk is hot, stir the dissolved flour slowly into the saucepan.
- Sprinkle in the cheese and stir until it melts.
- Simmer the mixture gently until smooth and thick.
- Stir the ketchup into the sauce, but leave some red streaks showing, so that it looks "fiery."
- Divide the mashed potatoes among 4 serving plates.
- Have everyone shape them into mountains, then press the tops down lightly to flatten, and finally make a small indentation at the very top with their thumb.
- Then, have the children arrange some of the broccoli florets around the base of the volcano.
- Let each child pour some of the "lava" into the indentation at the top of each "volcano" with a small ladle.
- It should flow down the sides.
- It's fine if it drips over the "greenery" too.
- Eat at once, before the lava solidifies into magma!