You can make some potato asteroids for Thanksgiving dinner!
Make asteroids you can eat!
I suggest you find a grown-up to share this activity with you.
Making Your Asteroids
Enough to make 4 to 8 cups of mashed potatoes. You can use frozen mashed potatoes. Or you can use fresh mashed potatoes (takes about 5 pounds to make 6 cups of mashed potatoes). Or you can use instant mashed potatoes. (Just don't make them too soft.)
1 cup grated cheddar (or other kind) cheese
Note: The cheese will make the asteroids more delicious, but when it melts, the asteroids might go flat. If you want more realistic asteroids that don't taste quite as interesting, leave out the cheese.
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter or margarine
Salt and pepper, as you like it
Extra butter or margarine to grease the cookie sheet and, if you like, to melt over the hot asteroids before you eat them
Depending on how you make your mashed potatoes, you might need a pot and a potato masher or electric mixer
Mixing bowl and spoon
Oven mitt or pot holders
Turn on your oven to 375° Fahrenheit (190 Celsius).
Take a little slice of the butter or margarine and rub it evenly on the cookie sheet so the asteroids won't stick. (You might want to use a paper towel for this so your fingers don't get all messy—yet!)
Make the mashed potatoes. Make a lot (8 cups) or a little (4 cups).
Add the cheese (if you want), butter, salt and pepper to the potatoes and mix well. The mixture should stick together. If it's too dry, add a little milk. If it's too moist, add a little flour (start with 2 tablespoons).
Take a handful of potatoes (about 1/2 cup or more) and shape it into your own idea of an interesting asteroid shape. Use your fingers to poke dents in it for craters.
Set the asteroid on the greased cookie sheet.
Use all the potatoes to make asteroids. (If you have lots of asteroids, you may need another cookie sheet. Or bake the first ones, then regrease the cookie sheet and make some more.)
Put the cookie sheet full of asteroids in the hot oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until they are brown. Using the hot pads or oven mitt, remove the cookie sheet from the oven, and using the large spoon, transfer the asteroids to a serving plate.
Enjoy your asteroids!