Halloween human torso appetizer

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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

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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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Buckeye Colin10 months ago
Oops. here it is. (I hope)
jessyratfink (author)  Buckeye Colin10 months ago
That is amazing. I love it. :D Sandwich fixings are such a smart idea!
Cthulhumon1 year ago
Thanks for these instructions, my modified version was a big hit at my Post-Apocalypse Party!
jessyratfink (author)  Cthulhumon1 year ago
Ahhhhhhhhhhh! That is so exciting - I never thought anyone would make one. It looks awesome! You've made my day. :D :D :D
Arghus10 months ago
damn, hannibal would be proud
Jayefuu1 year ago
Outstanding Jessy! And congratulations on being featured on the Huffington Post :)
The Huffington Post? Where? When? Oh! Oh! Tell me more. Please
porcupinemamma10 months ago
eeww-yuck! That is DISGUSTING!!!! Way to go ;0) LOVE it!
inkbladder10 months ago
My wife teaches Anatomy at a local college. The next get together they have, I will be making this. Great job, love it.
Buckeye Colin10 months ago
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.
truliwicked10 months ago
this would be great for my birthday...even if it is close to Christmas!! Thanks for sharing.
Kdemon10 months 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!
Kdemon10 months 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!
ktana11 months ago
Best Halloween food item EVER. I LOVE IT!!!!!
JensonBut1 year 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.
bajablue1 year ago
Hey Jessy-WINNER-ratfink... Congrats on winning Autodesk's Halloween Food Contest!!!

Great Gross Job!!! ;-D
I am still amazed by all of the work you did on this.
poofrabbit1 year ago
This is just plain awesome!
mariesegal1 year ago
This is a riot, great job!!
twighahn1 year ago
what is on the liver?
jessyratfink (author)  twighahn1 year 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 =/)
shroomgirl - I worked out it is the layer of jelly that you get on top of the pate.
lesizz1 year ago
Really gross. And the funniest I'ble I've ever seen.
jessyratfink (author)  lesizz1 year ago
Yaaaaaaaaay! Thanks :D
Chookums1 year 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!
jessyratfink (author)  Chookums1 year ago
Thank you! :)
Inaccurate. I feel with the amount of beer I consume my liver resembles more of a pickle than my gall bladder :D
jessyratfink (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
We'll have to customize one for you, then :D
kcli1 year ago
Not sure I'll think of body parts the same way ever again. Save the colon for me!
jessyratfink (author)  kcli1 year ago
It was probably one of the yummiest parts. :D
shroomgirl1 year ago
This is fantastic!
One question: What is package on top of the liver?
jessyratfink (author)  shroomgirl1 year ago
Thank you! It's the aspic that was on top of the pate!
lol manwich
its gross yet cool
lsmith2541 year ago
Laughter and a bit of Eeeww, Hahahaha, grooossss, Hahahaha...I don't know how to You get points, though! This beats my roadkill dip server...ha! I ripped open a stuffed raccoon, tore out the filling and wedged a bowl of salsa in it. Tire-track table runners and hanging flies completed the look...this was over fifteen years ago, so no pics, sorry!

You also get five stars for the party pick dissection look...Hahahaha, Eeeww and gross, again.... ;.)
5150tech1 year ago
This is quite disturbing and in very poor taste, I can't wait to get started. Your a genius.
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