For a Halloween potluck amongst friends, I decided to create a dish of gooey, gut-filled fruit bats, roasted with their wings, and accompanied by addition blood sauce. I had previously made a dish of gut-filled bats using large tomatoes, but I decided that, being smaller, meatball fruit bats needed to be stuffed with grape tomatoes instead. After brainstorming on the idea for a while, this is the recipe that I came up with - appropriately gory and tasty, at the same time. They make a great addition to any gruesome Halloween buffet, and I have included direction for a vegetarian friendly version. Enjoy!

Step 1: Mixing Body Meat

Yes, it's just making meatballs, but isn't it more fun when you call it body meat? Yum!

This is my basic meatball mixture recipe. You can use your own favorite recipe in its place, if you prefer. Fruits bats aren't prejudiced.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 lb. of medium ground beef, 1 cup fresh bread crumbs*, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. black pepper and 1-1/2 tsp. dried oregano.

Using a small ice cream scoop, portion out the meat mixture on a cutting board, to make the assembly easier.

Wash 1 pint of small cherry or grape tomatoes. I say small, because the bigger they are the less like fruit bats they will look. Also, small tomatoes are much easier to cover with the meat mixture, forming a complete meatball.

*Note: In this case, fresh bread crumbs are better, due to the fact that they absorb moisture better. I throw a few slices of old bread(which I keep handy in the freezer) in the food processor and pulse until I get a nice crumb.

I really like this idea! <br><br>I was thinking, for the vegetarian option, falafels might be an easy way to go. They'll have the right colour and texture, and you might be able to get small tomatoes in them if you want.<br><br>I like the mottled purple look of the wings. It looks more realistic. : )<br><br>I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts!
This is brilliant! You get brown by mixing red and green. You got purple because the black was made up of purple and was then diluted by the dough so you see the colors that went into the black coloring. No mater as they look GREAT!
Thanks!<br /> <br /> Funny thing - I did mix together red and green. I think my red was old, and maybe a little more on the magenta side...either way, when I mixed it into the dough, I got pink(diluted, like you said), and the black only made it worse. My only saving grace was the fact that the bottom of the wings browned in the oven, so I made sure all the brown sides were facing out when I served them! <br />
Awesome!<br /> <br /> But why fruit bats and not vampire bats?<br />
He he, if I had gone with vampire bats, I would have felt the need to be authentic and given them fangs...Fruit bats just seemed like the right variety for the size I was making. I do agree, however, that vampire bats have a much more &quot;Halloweeney&quot; sound to them!<br />

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