About this recipe:A super-fun and cheap way to create a Halloween meal. Beef mince is shaped into a rat's body. Each rat has a spaghetti tail, carrot ears and peas for eyes. Best of all, it's all served with a bloody tomato sauce.
900g minced beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
110g dry breadcrumbs
35g steak seasoning mix
125g cubed Cheddar cheese
200g caster sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
30g uncooked spaghetti, each broken into four pieces
1/2 carrot, cut into 3mm thick slices
1 tablespoon frozen peas
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In a large bowl, combine the minced beef, onion, egg, breadcrumbs and steak seasoning. Use your hands to mix until well blended. Measure out 5 tablespoons of the meat mixture and mould 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 passata, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover the dish with a lid or 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 plate 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 passata around them and serve.