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snowman party stew

snowman party stew

Aren’t these little snowmen so fun? This cute way of dressing up stew from Taste of Home might make the kiddies more likely to dig in. You can use red pepper for the scarf if it is easier.

Snowman Party Stew

1 pound ground beef
1 package (16 ounces) frozen vegetables for stew, divided
1 can (10-1/4 ounces) beef gravy
2 cups mashed potatoes (prepared with a small amount of milk)
16 whole black peppercorns
1/4 cup ketchup
In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Remove 24 peas and one carrot chunk from the stew vegetables; set aside. Add the remaining vegetables to beef. Cook until vegetables are thawed. Add gravy; mix well.
Pour into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Top with eight mashed potato snowmen, using 1 tablespoon of potatoes for each head and 3 tablespoons for each body. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, with a sharp knife, cut the reserved carrot into eight strips. Insert one strip into each snowman for a nose. Place three reserved peas on each for buttons. Add peppercorns for eyes. Drizzle ketchup between head and body to form a scarf. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Editor’s Note: If serving small children, remove the peppercorns.