October is a fun month! Depending on what my family has going on, I have been known to create some creative Halloween-inspired meals for us to enjoy. The first time I got the urge to create an entire themed meal was back in 2012. In fact, it was the day The Walking Dead was returning for the third season.
My son and I have been loyal fans of the television series since it first aired. Since I am a horror movie fan, I figured the series would be something I would enjoy, and it was (and still is.) You will see some of the creations from my first Walking Dead themed party below. That menu consisted of: bloody soup (tomato and beef based), zombie chicken dip, bread bones or mummy toast, and mini chocolate (dirt) cupcakes.
Most recently, I decided to do something completely different. (Yes, I have cooked spooky foods between 2012 and 2017, but I didn’t take pictures so there is nothing to share.) This time, I did not have a Walking Dead themed meal, but instead had a monster parts meal because the special meal was on the actual day of Halloween.
Meatloaf is something I enjoy playing around with because I will add ingredients or change out ingredients based on what I have available. It is very versatile. Although, in my opinion, the must-have ingredients for a tasty meatloaf are high quality ground beef (organic is the best), eggs, and diced onion. I usually use oatmeal but since I didn’t have any, I improvised and created my own bread crumbs. The recipe I used for the monster parts is listed below. This year’s menu consisted of: monster parts meatloaf and sauce, heavy dill potato salad, and a side salad with avocado dressing. I also made some toasted “human” finger cookies with raspberry compote for dessert.
Monster parts meatloaf
2 lbs. ground beef
1 small onion
½ red bell pepper
5 slices wheat toast (toasted twice)
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 can tomato paste
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350⁰ and line a flat, shallow baking pan with tinfoil. Crumble toast in large bowl. Dice onion (leave out a few pieces for the fingernails and toenails). Dice bell pepper. Add all ingredients to crumbled toast bowl and mix well. Bake for 50 minutes.
When you take the monster parts out of the oven, you will see grease in the pan from the cooked hamburger meat. I move my parts to a serving platter for a better presentation. But first, let it cool for about 15 minutes before attempting to move. If desired, cut around the tinfoil with kitchen shears to ensure parts stay together for a neat display of tasty meatloaf.
Lastly, I always make a bowl of sauce for each person to freely use on top of the plated meatloaf. My sauce is a combination of ketchup, honey (or grape jelly), garlic powder, mustard, and sometimes hot sauce, depending my preference. I would suggest making a sauce based on your favorite flavors.
Hugs and High Fives,