Dec 06

Turtle Taters

by Hannah Holt »


I was scrubbing potatoes when my four-year-old asked me to read his turtle book to him. It’s part of Scholastic’s Nature’s Children series, and we’ve been reading a few pages every day. I think I enjoy reading it as much as he does.

Well, while we were reading, my two-year-old comes into the room, rolling a pilfered potato along the floor. I thought, I bet it’d be easy to make a potato into a turtle. And it was.

Turtle Taters

  • russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut lengthwise
  • baby carrots
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

1) Preheat the oven to 350° F

2) Each potato can make two turtles. Place the potato halves face down on a greased cookie sheet and prick the back with a fork twice or thrice.

3) Brush the back of each potato with olive oil and sprinkle with cheese and a dash of salt.

4) Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

5) After removing the potatoes from the oven, arrange the baby carrots on a plate such that they are the turtle’s head, arms and tail. Put a potato half over the carrots. If desired, you can add ketchup eyes and serve with sour cream.

The outsides of the potatoes were crisp, but not heavy and greasy like french fries. You can eat them with a knife and fork or (if the potatoes are smaller) like finger food. Go forth and play with your food!

  1. Joanna

    I am going to look up the book! I am so tempted to do something like this for an adult dinner party, just to see how people react. cute idea!

    • Hannah Holt

      Well, if you ever do, be sure you have a butter sculpture for a centerpiece.

  2. grandma weight

    see how your toddlers inspire you! very cute!

    • Hannah Holt

      So much inspiration; so little time.

  3. Kirsten

    Very cute!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Kirsten.

  4. Erik - This Kid Reviews Books

    Love them! Sounds tasty!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Erik.