Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
This is a fun, inexpensive, creepy Halloween entree that will gross out and impress your dinner guests. It is mini meatloaves baked in tomato sauce that are shaped like rats with cheese in the middle. When you cut it open, gooey cheese will come oozing out. Garnished with a spaghetti noodle tail and carrot ears, these pests are sure to be a devilishly delectable dinner.
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1⁄2 onion, chopped
- 1 egg, beaten lightly
- 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1 (1 1/4 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 pea
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- 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 o cheese like a meatball. Shape into a poin 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 the tails.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover with a lid or aluminum foil.
- Bake for 45 minute 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 delicat tails don't fall off. Press peas into the pointy end to make eyes and insert carrot slices t make ears. Spoon some of the tomato sauce around them and serve.
I made a similar version without the cheese cube inside. It was a 5 star hit for our Halloween Dinner Party. See the pics for the steps to make my mice.