Are you ready to freak out the kids when they ask what’s for dinner on Halloween night? All you have to do is say “rats in a blood bath” and this Halloween dinner idea is going to be epic at your house this year!
The basic premise of this Halloween recipe is an over sized meatball (or mini meatloaf) shaped into an oval around a hunk of cheese, baked with a hearty tomato sauce, decorated into a mouse (rat), and served over rice or pasta. Preparing each serving in a bowl with lots of tomato sauce will help with the blood bath scenario.
Epic Halloween dinner idea: Rats in a blood bath recipe
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1 (1.25 ounce) packet meatloaf seasoning mix
- 1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese
- 3 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 ounce uncooked spaghetti, broken into fourths
- 1/2 carrot, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices
- 1 tablespoon frozen green peas
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
- In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, bread crumbs, and meatloaf seasoning. Use your hands to mix until well blended.
- Measure out 1/3 cupfuls of the meat mixture and mold around a cube of cheese like a meatball. Shape into a point at one end and lengthen the body a bit by rolling between your hands.
- Place your ”rat” into a shallow baking dish, and continue with the remaining meat. Insert pieces of uncooked spaghetti into the rounded end of the rats to make tails
- In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil
- Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Uncover the dish and continue to bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce to glaze the rats
- While the rats finish baking, heat the peas and carrots in a small bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds
- Carefully transfer the rats to a serving platter so that their delicate tails don’t fall off. Press peas into the pointy end to make eyes, and insert carrot slices to make ears. Spoon some of the tomato sauce around them and serve
- Freezing the cheese cubes will help keep the cheese in the rat
- Carrots and peas are simply what we use for the eyes and ears; use whatever you have on hand or think will look good
- Instead of serving on a bed of spaghetti, you could also use rice, orzo, macaroni or even mashed potatoes
Get ready for the kids to squeal with delight over the epic Halloween dinner idea. This ‘rats in a blood bath’ Halloween recipe can be easily transitioned into a regular dinner if you family loves the meal. Just make meatballs instead of rats!