Picture of halloween human torso appetizer
Also known as The ManWich.

This is a perfect appetizer for going over the top and impressing your guests on Halloween. It's both pretty and gruesome. :D

If you buy all the dips and fillings ready made, it's easy to put together. You've really just got to bake lots of puff pastry and then assemble! And now that I've made all the assembly mistakes you can avoid them.

If you've got lots of baking sheets laying around and some extra hands, I think this could come together in an hour or so!

Special thanks to canida for brainstorming with me and offering suggestions, and to wilgubeast for brainstorming and naming the torso ManWich! And HUGE thanks to audreyobscura for helping me take very pretty photos of the finished project - you're my hero!

P.S. Go to the last step for TONS more photos. :D

Step 1: Ingredients:

Picture of ingredients:
This is what I used. You definitely don't have to do it this way!
  • for the torso base (skin), lung & liver bowls, ribs, etc: three packages puff pastry - Pepperidge Farms was the easiest to work with
  • an egg for eggwashin' the puff pastry
  • 16 oz+ white bean dip for one of the lungs (here's my white bean dip recipe!)
  • 16 oz+ hummus for one of the lungs (here's my recipe for hummus!)
  • pate for the liver
  • two packages smoked salmon to make the subcutaneous muscle lining the torso
  • 2 packages cream cheese for the cheeseball stomach and to keep the puff pastry bowls in place
  • shredded cheese (I used cheddar!) for the cheeseball stomach
  • a beet for the heart
  • a teeny pickle for the gallbladder
  • salami to make up the colon
I also made puff pastry intestines to go into the torso - you can find the recipe for that here!

You'll also need some parchment paper and aluminum foil to help with baking the puff pastry and beet. :) Oh, and I got some frilly toothpicks to stick in the edges of the puff pastry skin so it looked like it was pinned down to the cutting board.
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RobJ3 made it!10 months ago

Thanks for sharing this... it was a hit!

Buckeye Colin made it!1 year ago
Oops. here it is. (I hope)

So I love this idea, and will be attempting it this weekend... What did you use for the intestines? I can't figure it out.

jessyratfink (author)  Buckeye Colin1 year ago
That is amazing. I love it. :D Sandwich fixings are such a smart idea!
Cthulhumon made it!2 years ago
Thanks for these instructions, my modified version was a big hit at my Post-Apocalypse Party!
jessyratfink (author)  Cthulhumon2 years ago
Ahhhhhhhhhhh! That is so exciting - I never thought anyone would make one. It looks awesome! You've made my day. :D :D :D
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Deepakjuneja7 months ago

amazing i loved it

adriana161610 months ago
this is simply amazing!!! I loved it!
ThisIsMyNameOK11 months ago

Eeeew. That's gross. Which is a sure sign it will be a hit with the kids. At least the ones I know.

Izzypup11 months ago
Absolutely gruesome! I'm not sure I'd be able to eat it. It's a bit like the Kitty Litter cake I've made (by request) several times. Looks like a used litter box - complete with little piles of s__ oftened mini Tootsie rolls. Delicious but there have always been a few whose eyes overrule their appetites.
lol the pickle is perfectly placed! wink wink.
jmyers111 months ago
Yuck. And also just great! Kids would love this for a Halloween party!
NamedJohnny11 months ago

I would eat everything, thanks for sharing this

Arghus1 year ago
damn, hannibal would be proud
Jayefuu2 years ago
Outstanding Jessy! And congratulations on being featured on the Huffington Post :)
The Huffington Post? Where? When? Oh! Oh! Tell me more. Please
eeww-yuck! That is DISGUSTING!!!! Way to go ;0) LOVE it!
inkbladder1 year ago
My wife teaches Anatomy at a local college. The next get together they have, I will be making this. Great job, love it.
Awesome idea! Here is my version from our Halloween party. We had hummous and jarlsburg dips in the two lungs and spinach artichoke dip in the liver. Lots of meats and cheeses surround the organs for sandwiches. i added a skull skewer head with goat cheese grapes.
BTW - Far less intimidating than I thought it would be. The puff pastry is very forgiving. I skipped the puff pastry spine/base and had the corpse resting on a bed of chopped lettuce which could also be used in sandwiches. It was a huge hit at the party and I would encourage anyone to gve it a try.
this would be great for my birthday...even if it is close to Christmas!! Thanks for sharing.
Kdemon1 year ago
I think I would used canned cranberry and carve the heart and wrap in gelatin.

I really enjoyed the 3D view from 123D, Instructables need to include that in the submission process!
Kdemon1 year ago
I think I would used canned cranberry to make the heart and wrap in genital.

I really enjoyed the 3D view from 123D, Instructables need to include that in the submission process!
ktana1 year ago
Best Halloween food item EVER. I LOVE IT!!!!!
JensonBut2 years ago
They all look so good. I think I've gained a pound or two just looking at the pics. Thanks for all the recipes together.
that looks AWESOME, Where did the idea come from.
bajablue2 years ago
Hey Jessy-WINNER-ratfink... Congrats on winning Autodesk's Halloween Food Contest!!!

Great Gross Job!!! ;-D
scoochmaroo2 years ago
I am still amazed by all of the work you did on this.
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is just plain awesome!
mariesegal2 years ago
This is a riot, great job!!
twighahn2 years ago
what is on the liver?
jessyratfink (author)  twighahn2 years ago
The aspic that came on the pate. I thought it made it look extra gross. :D
You were right...ewww!
Epic nice 1 jes (i hope u dont mind me call u jes =/)
kitschkitty2 years ago
shroomgirl - I worked out it is the layer of jelly that you get on top of the pate.
LesB2 years ago
Really gross. And the funniest I'ble I've ever seen.
jessyratfink (author)  LesB2 years ago
Yaaaaaaaaay! Thanks :D
Chookums2 years ago
O M G !!! I'm repulsed + fascinated + laughing my head off. This would be just perfect for a gathering of medical students. Very clever, well done!
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