- 2 lbs potatoes (Yukon Gold if available)
- 2 tbs canola oil
- Juice of 2 limes (and zests)
- A few splashes hot sauce (you can make it as spicy as you like)
- 1 tbs turmeric
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 cups of your favorite prepared chicken, tuna, or egg salad.
- * Optional: Garnish with fresh parsley and tomatoes, avocados, red peppers, or hard-boiled eggs.
- Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Makes: 6 servings
Your family will flip for Ernie's Upside-Down Dinner! You only need a few simple tools to build it.
Step 1: Things You'll Need
Gather these ingredients to make Ernie's Upside-Down Dinner.
Step 2: Hot Potatoes!
Carefully boil potatoes (with skins on) in pot of water until tender.
Step 3: Mix n' Mash
Strain the potatoes and let cool. Mash in a bowl with a potato masher.
Little Hands Tip: As your child helps you mash, let her know that a potato masher is a tool. A tool helps people do a job more easily. What other tools do you and your child use?
Step 4: Spice It Up
In a small bowl, stir together the turmeric and oil. Add in the lime juice and zests, canola oil, and hot sauce. Whisk together.
Step 5: Add Some Color
Add the spice mixture to the potatoes and stir until combined. The potatoes will take on a yellow color from turmeric powder.
Step 6: Begin Building
In a greased mixing bowl, start building your dinner! Start by adding one half-inch layer of the potato mixture to the bowl. Then add a layer of your prepared salad to the bowl, on top of the potato layer.
Step 8: Super Stripes
Keep alternating layers, ending with a final layer of the potato mixture. This should make three layers of potato mixture and two layers of salad.
Little Hands Tip: Encourage your child to count each layer as you go.
Step 9: Chill Out
Cover the bowl and refrigerate until chilled.
Step 10: Flip It Over
Once your creation is chilled, remove the covering from the bowl and turn it over onto a plate.
Step 11: Dinner Takes Shape!
Check out the cool creation you built together! If you like, you can decorate the top with fresh parsley, tomatoes, avocados, or red peppers. Enjoy this fun feast as a family.