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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:

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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.

Step 2: Planning

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This required lots of brainstorming! It's really all going to depend on how large your serving platter/cutting board/baking sheet is. We have a huge cutting board at the office, so I based the size of my torso on that. 

Draw out the "flesh" part first and then cram in all the other organs. :D

For this, I chose to do lungs, a heart, liver, gallbladder, stomach, colon and intestines. Some organs are missing, I know. ;) But I couldn't get it all in there AND make it look nice!

I also decided to do little bits of spine coming out the top and bottom of the torso. I made tiny ribs out of the puff pastry too.

Step 3: Make the intestines!

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You can make these first to get them out of the way - just assemble the puff pastry in the pan, cover it, and put it in the fridge. You can bake them while you assemble the rest of the torso.

The full recipe for these can be found here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/puff-pastry-intestines/

Step 4: Cut out and bake the torso base

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This will take two sheets of puff pastry.

I did this on parchment paper so it was easy to transfer the pastry to what I would be baking it on.

I used a little water to connect the two pieces and then rolled it out lightly. Then I cut around the edges of my paper template so I could use it as a pattern. I laid the paper on top of the pastry and cut around the edges with a paring knife.

I then used some of the extra pieces of puff pastry to cut out the top and bottom of the "spine" and affixed them to the sheet of pastry with a little water. :)

Once everything is ready, coat it with a little egg wash.

Bake this at 400 F for about 20 minutes, or until nice and golden brown.

Step 5: Create the cheeseball stomach

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For the cheeseball I used 1 1/2 boxes of cream cheese (it needs to be softened - if you forgot to leave it out at room temp, heat it in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until nice and soft.) and a couple handfuls of cheddar cheese. I mixed it all together with onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, Italian seasoning, paprika, salt and pepper. I completely winged this part.

I then plopped the mixture out onto a bit of parchment paper and formed it into the shape of the stomach I drew out.

This needs to go into the fridge to firm up while you make the rest of the pieces!

Step 6: Make the beet heart

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To roast the beet, you'll want to cut off the very top and bottom, wrap it in foil, put it in a little baking dish, and pop it in the oven at 400 F for at least 40 minutes. Smaller beets will be done in that time, but large beets might take a little longer.

You'll know if you can easily piece it with a paring knife. :)

Once it's out, let it cool down enough so you can touch it, and carve it a bit so it looks more like a heart than it did. :D

Step 7: Make the lung and liver bowls

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To do this, cut a sheet of puff pastry into strips, and rolled the strips. I cut out one of the lungs and the liver from my paper template to use as a pattern.

Imagine it's like you're making a bowl from clay - just wind the rolled pastry around the pattern, adding at least two layers. Use a bit of water to get it to stay together.

You might want to brace it in the middle with a little bit of aluminum foil - mine collapsed in a little bit while baking!

Bake at 400 F for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Step 8: Make the ribs

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I was starting to lose track of what I was and wasn't documenting at this time, so there's only one photo of this part. :)

I cut out six ribs total - two large, two medium, and two small. At this point I wasn't sure if I was going to use them or not, but I think they looked pretty nice!

I baked these at 400 F for about 20 minutes, and coated them with egg wash before!

Step 9: Lay down the subcutaneous muscles

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Place the smoked salmon around the edges of the torso. You'll want to save a little bit to fill in any space between the dip bowls and the lungs and kidneys. :D

Step 10: Place the lungs, liver and stomach into place

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Check the placement of everything first! At this point you can lay down some extra salmon to cover the puff pastry in places it might be exposed. Once you're happy with it, apply a good bit of cream cheese to the backs of the lungs and liver. This will help keep them in place and keep your dips from leaking. :)

I put the cheeseball stomach on first, and then pressed the liver into it. That made it look nicer and also helped the liver stay in place.

Step 11: Fill the bowls and add the heart!

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In the end, I overfilled the bowls so the puff pastry is a little hidden. You definitely don't have to do this - it just made it look nicer for photos. :D

Make sure to put the beet on only after you're really happy with the dip - it will bleed!

Step 12: Put the colon into place

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I didn't get photos of this while I was doing this, but I peeled the casing off the salami and then cut it on an angle. I used this to form the colon.

Step 13: Add the intestines!

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To do this, I just measured the area I had left on the torso and cut out an appropriate sized piece to insert. :)

Step 14: Remember the gallbladder!

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Put that pickle in its place! Don't want to forget it.

Step 15: Want to see the 3D version?

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I managed to get a pretty excellent Catch of it!

Click here to see it in the 3D viewer. :D

Step 16: The finished torso!

And now we get to the food porn part of the evening.

Nothing to see here but pretty pictures of delicious foods arranged like a flayed human torso. Move along. :D
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Buckeye Colin9 months ago
Oops. here it is. (I hope)
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jessyratfink (author)  Buckeye Colin9 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!
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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
Arghus9 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
eeww-yuck! That is DISGUSTING!!!! Way to go ;0) LOVE it!
inkbladder9 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 Colin9 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.
truliwicked9 months ago
this would be great for my birthday...even if it is close to Christmas!! Thanks for sharing.
Kdemon9 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!
Kdemon9 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!
ktana10 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
Tasty.
lsmith2541 year ago
Laughter and a bit of Eeeww, Hahahaha, grooossss, Hahahaha...I don't know how to react...lol. 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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