Are you a Halloween fan? We love it here! It’s so much fun to get dressed up and take on another character for a little while, isn’t it? We have a lot of traditions in our home – playing creepy music while we hand out treats to the neighbourhood kids, making special treats to give out to the ones we know, decorating the house inside and out,
And one of our special Halloween traditions is to have some themed foods – it used to be just on that night before we went out trick-or-treating but since then we’ve actually done it for a whole week leading up to it! It always reminds us of Grizelda the Ghastly Gourmet and the silly spooky recipes she would come up with on a favourite childhood shows, The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. Both my daughter and I grew up watching it!
One of our new favourites is this Mummy Meatloaf recipe. It sort of tastes like a combination of meatloaf and spaghetti and meatballs. SO YUMMY! Here’s how to make it:
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 2 T. chopped basil leaves
- 1 T. chopped parsley leaves
- 2 tsp. chopped oregano
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 cups breadcrumbs
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- I pkg. of pasta in sheet form - I used a 360 g package of Olivieri lasagna sheets.
- 1 mozzarella ball - I used the ones that are about golf ball sized or just a touch larger
- 1 black olive
- Mix together garlic, onion, herbs and spices, eggs, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, and ground beef. Combine the Worcestershire, balsamic, and the marinara sauce.
- Add 1/2 cup of this to the ground beef mixture.
- Don't overwork it - just mix until combined.
- Form this into a ball and place on a baking tray (best to use a non-stick one or line with non-stick aluminum foil to prevent sticking)
- Flatten slightly into an oval shape.
- I made it a bit narrower on one end so it was more face shaped but I didn't worry about getting it too perfect.
- You can create slight hollows for the eyes if you want but they aren't necessary.
- Spread the remaining 1 cup of marinara sauce mixture over the meatloaf skull.
- Bake the meatloaf at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cover the meatloaf with the grated mozzarella cheese.
- Place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cut the pasta into strips an appropriate size for the mummy's bandages.
- I used a rotary pizza cutter and this made it really easy.
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions (a few minutes in boiling water for fresh pasta like I used).
- Cut the mozzarella ball in half to form the eyeballs.
- Top each mozzarella half with a slice of black olive.
- Take the meatloaf out of the oven and put the eyes in place.
- Cover the meatloaf with strips of pasta to look like a mummy. The melted mozzarella not only tastes good but it helps hold the strips in place.
1) Cut some pieces of onion to resemble teeth. When forming the meatloaf, create a mouth shaped indentation and firmly stick the teeth in place. As you add the pasta “bandages”, be sure to allow some of the teeth to show through.
2) Substitute ketchup for marinara sauce and add a little brown sugar to the mix. Reduce or eliminate some of the Italian type seasonings. Use strips of bacon in place of the pasta to make it look more like a zombie than a mummy.
Do you make special Halloween meals or treats too? Stick around all month long as I share some of Grizelda’s favourites! Link up yours in the comments below.