Halloween Meatloaf Zombie Recipe
Make zombie meatloaf for Halloween!
It looks disgusting and maybe even scary, but zombie meatloaf tastes delicious! And oh so perfect for Halloween dinner.
Use your favorite meatloaf recipe! I’m including a recipe just for fun, but you can totally use any favorite meatloaf recipe.
Shape the loaf to look like a face and “decorate” it with bacon, onion, string cheese pieces, olives, etc. Really, you can use any ingredients that your family enjoys with meatloaf to make it look like a zombie or mummy face.
Yellow onion is pretty easy to cut up and use for the teeth and the eyes. In fact, the onion pieces are almost too perfect for the teeth. Yikes. Black olives make great eyes too!
Once you have the eyes and teeth on there, wrap slices of raw bacon around the face and place a few going diagonally over the face too.
The glaze is optional, but it does add some great flavor to the meatloaf. I like to brush some glaze over most of the meatloaf before baking, but I leave parts of the eyes and teeth without glaze for added creepiness. 😉
Leave the string cheese pieces without glaze or add the cheese halfway through cooking if you want them to look more white for a mummy vibe.
Yuck. Yeah, this meatloaf definitely looks gross, but I guess that’s what we’re going for here!
You can create one large zombie meatloaf face or make mini individual zombie meatloaves. The one large face will take longer to cook through, but you can serve it in slices that won’t look as gross as the whole face does. Haha.
If you make the meatloaf faces as individual servings, it will take less time to cook, but it will take a little extra time to decorate each. And you get to look it in the eyes when you eat it, rather than just a slice of it. 😉 So you just choose whichever works best for you!
An instant-read thermometer is the easiest way to tell when the zombie meatloaf is done!
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Halloween Meatloaf Zombie Recipe
- 1 cup crushed saltine crackers (25-30 crackers)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 pounds ground meat
- 5 to 7 slices raw bacon
- half of an onion
- string cheese
- 2/3 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together the crushed saltines and milk. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
- Mix in the parsley, eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Add the ground meat and mix until well combined.
- For the glaze, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar.
- Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared baking sheet and shape it into a loaf that looks like a face. Try to keep it an even thickness throughout. Or shape the meat mixture into individual single serving faces.
- Place small rectangular pieces of cut onion for the teeth. Use larger curved or rounded pieces of onion or black olives for the eyes. Wrap the raw bacon around the face and place a few pieces going over the face diagonally. Add some string cheese over the face as well, if desired.
- Gently brush the glaze over the meatloaf, if desired. Leave the pieces of cheese without glaze if you want it to look more like a mummy than a zombie.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the center of the meatloaf registers at 160 degrees F. Cooking time may be more or less, depending on the thickness and size of your meatloaf.
- Loosely tent the meatloaf with foil and let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
Feel free to use your favorite meatloaf recipe! For the ground meat, I prefer to use all ground beef or a combination of ground beef and ground pork.
Recipe Adapted From: Mel's Kitchen Cafe