Halloween rats with blood

    1 hour 30 min

    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.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 900g minced beef
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 110g dry breadcrumbs
    • 35g steak seasoning mix
    • 125g cubed Cheddar cheese
    • 850g passata
    • 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

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. While the rats finish baking, heat the peas and carrots in a small bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
    6. 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.

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    Try freezing your cheese cubes a little before stuffing the rats. It cuts down on leakage.  -  27 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Five stars for presentation! I used my own meatloaf recipe and halved the "blood" sauce. Also used cooked asparagus for tails, almond slivers for ears, and tiny bits of raisin for the eyes. Hubby suggested adding a cooked spaghetti noodle to the cheese inside to look like guts. ;D Great Halloween dinner!  -  08 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My rats actually came out cute instead of scary, lol! I used raw carrots for the ears, red bell peppers for the eyes and I felt like it needed a nose so I stuck in a piece of cheese. I tossed spaghetti in some sauce and served my rats over it. I did have slight leakage of the cheese like other reviewers but this was definitely yummy! Also I didn't put too much sauce on my rats before baking and heated up leftover sauce and put it over before serving. I saved one strand of cooked spaghetti per rat and draped it over the finished rats as the tail. Thanks for the great idea and recipe.  -  29 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)