Picture of Potat o'Lantern
Second Place: Potato Challenge
Finalist: Halloween Food Contest

Materials needed:
1 potato (the largest you can find)

Tools needed:
Kitchen knife
Melon baller
Pumpkin carving tool (saw blade style)
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Step 1: Hollowing out the potato

So that the potato will sit flat, cut one end off with the kitchen knife. This will be the bottom.

To cut the lid, start off by lightly scoring all the way around other end, with the kitchen knife. This will give you a nice reference line to follow.

Insert the blade of the knife at a sharp angle. You will be cutting a cone shape, so the tip of the blade should go as far as the center of the potato. (The cone shape is to make it easier to sit back on top when you are done.) Cut all the way around, and remove the end.

Using the melon baller, scoop out as much of the potato you can, without cutting through the sides. You should be able to get the walls to about 1/8" - 1/4" thick.

Do the same for the lid, but also add a vent hole in the top with your knife. This will allow air to flow, keeping the candle from snuffing out, but also so that your potato does not prematurely roast from the inside out!

Step 2: Carving the face

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Using the sawblade style pumpkin carving tool, cut the face just as you would a pumpkin.

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Insert a tealight and enjoy!

Step 3: Alternate method

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Another way to carve your Potat o'Lantern is to forget about the lid, a just scoop out all the insides from the bottom. This is useful for smaller potatoes.

Just place the potato over the candle.

In this example, we used a red skin potato which gives off a really cool glow when lit.

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poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
chefsea2 years ago
Like this a lot. I think when I try this, I'll use a potato that has lots of eyes on it to use for horns, a beard or some other kind of facial growth.
bajablue2 years ago
Adorable and creative idea... I love it!!!
Renee!2 years ago
Omigosh how creative! You've proven that potatoes can be scary, too. %O
rrkrose2 years ago
Wow! What a unique idea!
lime3D (author) 2 years ago
Woohoo! Second Place in the Potato Challenge!
So cool!
lime3D (author) 2 years ago
Hey! This was just featured on the front page today!
i love this!
we are terrible at growing pumpkins, but now i know how to decorate next halloween.
Cyclone17642 years ago
Did you ever see the "jeff the killer" picture?
theres a parody of it saying instead of "go to sleep" it says "go to potato" (pus the face is not as creepy)
poofrabbit2 years ago
Now THAT is thinking outside the box!!! Very well done!
mmm potato
l8nite2 years ago
thats a great idea !
rodneybones2 years ago
Those are adorable. Neat thing is, in Ireland, turnips were used before pumpkins, so you are kind of doing a twist on an ancient tradition. :D Awesome!
lime3D (author)  rodneybones2 years ago
The story gets a little deeper.

The reason we have the american tradition of carving Jack o'Lanterns is because of the immigration of the Irish to the US during the potato famine of the 1850's.

They could not find turnips here in the US, so they subsituted pumpkins.
scoochmaroo2 years ago