Halloween Dinner Idea: Meatloaf Mice
Haha I know you are all dying to make these rats/mice I shared earlier this week with the Halloween recipes. They are pretty creepy! So I thought I would share my recipe!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and my mother and I are always trying to make every minute of it count! These Meatloaf Mice are a fantastic addition to our normal festivities and perfect to serve for your family or would be great for a Halloween party! You could even easily make your mice a little bit smaller for more of an appetizer size then a full course meal. This idea would work with any meatloaf recipe so if you have one you and your family already love then you can easily use it and just shape your little mice from there. When making the ears and tail be sure that you don’t overcook your carrots. If you do your mice will have floppy ears and tails which just doesn’t give them quite the same look we are going for. Also, make sure when shaping your mice be sure to try and keep the bodies close to the same size so that they will cook evenly because we definitely don’t want them under cooked. You could also use other items to decorate your mice if you don’t have the exact ingredients on hand. The eyes and nose could be made from peas or olives instead. If you have really little ones you can also completely omit the uncooked spaghetti whiskers if you are concerned about them getting their little hands on it. I think these may have to be a Halloween tradition because they were such a hit! There’s nothing quite as fun as a table surrounded by cute kids in costumes enjoying their little meatloaf mice.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 c. dry bread crumbs
- 1/4 c. milk
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 c onion, minced
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 c. ketchup
- You can do this with your own meatloaf recipe too
- First cut 2 coins per mice out of the carrots for ears.
- Then make long thin strips out of the remaining carrots for the tails, one for each mouse.
- Steam until they are crisp tender.
- DON'T OVERCOOK!!
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix together the ingredients for the mice bodies and shape into 4 little mice shaped loafs on baking sheet.
- Have them shaped to a point in the front and rounded in the back.
- Bake for 45 minutes in preheated oven or until desired doneness.
- Take and cut little slits for the ears about 1/3 from the pointed end.
- Place the carrot coins in the slits for the ears.
- Make a tiny slit in the rounded wide end for the tail and place one of the carrot strips in the slit for the tail.
- Use the raisins for the eyes.
- Break the uncooked spaghetti noodles into pieces and place around the "nose" (pointed end) for whiskers.
- Mix ingredients for the sauce.
- Place a large spoonful of sauce on a plate.
- Place a meatloaf mouse on top of the sauce to serve.