Halloween Dinner Idea: Meatloaf Zombies
Need a fun and easy Halloween dinner idea that’s sure to please?
I first made this recipe two years ago for our Halloween dinner. It has quickly become our Halloween dinner tradition. PLUS, my 5 year old has requested it for her birthday dinner the last two years in a row too. The mummy meatloaf is a big hit at our house and I am sure you’re family will love it just as much!
You can use your favorite meatloaf recipe for this. I just use a very basic meatloaf recipe for the meatloaf mummies but if you are looking for a new meatloaf recipe, check out some of our meatloaf dinner ideas. Below is the recipe I use and it will make 3 medium sized mummies:
Basic BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
3/4 cup BBQ Sauce
1 pound of ground Beef/Turkey
1/2 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
Salt & Pepper
Mix your ingredients by hand in a mixing bowl or with a stand mixer. I prefer to use the stand mixer when mixing my meatloaf. You don’t want to over mix it because then it will just become mush. Mix it just enough to mix all the ingredients up.
Next you can shape your mummies heads and then create their faces. You will need some bacon, olives, string cheese if you want to make mummies, and anything else you might want to decorate their faces with. If you want to do zombies instead of a mummy, just leave off the string cheese.
Chopping onions or bacon can be a pain, especially if you are using a dull knife set. I have spent all of my years outside of my parent’s home using cheap, bottom of the barrel knife sets. Finally last year I bought myself a new set, an awesome set, the Cuisinart Advantage 12-Piece Knife Set and I will never go back. Plus, these are still as sharp and work just as beautifully as the first day I used them.
To decorate their faces, you are really open to anything your family would enjoy. I usually cut up the onions and use them for teeth and/or the eyes. When I have olives at home, I use those as the eyes, but I have used the onions too and those work fine. Once you have the face created, wrap the face up with bacon.
I will usually cook it at 350°F for 40-55 minutes, depending on the size of the mummy. You can create one mummy to entertain guests, but this will take a little longer to cook. I actually prefer to make mini individual mummies. Then I I won’t have to cut up my creation to serve people. The recipe above is enough to make 3 medium mummies, I sometimes double it to make 6.
I love to use a broiler pan for the mummies because it will allow all of the fat and grease to drain away from the meat so the meat isn’t all soggy.
About half way through the baking, I will add some pieces of string cheese to make mummies because my kids love the mummy version. You can leave the cheese off and have zombies though, totally your choice. Both are a hit at Halloween, or in my case, any time of the year. You can drizzle some BBQ sauce, ketchup, or any other condiment over your zombie or mummies to add to the fun. Enjoy!
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