If you're in need of an easy gruesome Halloween meal then you've come to the right place. Nothing like roadkill to remind the kiddos that vegetables ain't so bad! The visual of this meatloaf will have a huge impact with very little effort on your part.
Step 1: Ingredients
Almost everyone has a favorite go-to meatloaf recipe. That part is obviously interchangeable which makes this even more fun.
Here are a couple of things you will need on top of your recipe to create the opossum-
(5lbs) ground beef
(4) chicken feet
(1) beet (with a thick root if possible)
(1) white onion
(1/2) cup catsup
(1) black olive
Here is my Meatloaf recipe:
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 white onion grated
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tbs salt
1 tea pepper
1/4 cup best foods mayo (yes I said mayo)
Step 2: Making the Opossum
First you will make the tail by cutting the beet leaving the center as the widest part of the tail. You want the width to taper to the root.
Then cut onions into teeth shapes.
Mix all of your meatloaf ingredients. Form a large oval mound and place on the pan leaving room for the tail to curl next to one side and the head on the other. For the head you form a round dome and a triangle for the snout. I made a little crease in the snout for the upper and lower jaw. Use a picture of a real Opossum for reference.
After your shape is looking good you will stick you tail in. Press the meet around it to make sure it stays in when cooked. Do the same with the chicken feet. I had two larger ones I placed in the back and two smaller ones in the front.
Then add your onion teeth. Add as many as you like. For the eyes I cut an olive in half and pressed them into the skull.
Last I spread catsup all over the top. You can replace this with any glaze you like. Cheese will also give a nice burnt effect.
Bake at 350 for one hour.
Step 3: Roast Body Part Veggies
To serve with this gruesome meatloaf I chose root vegetables. Beets for bloody hearts, parsnips for sawed bones, and baby carrots for fingers.
For the carrots I cut a nail area at the end and slivers on the opposite end for the knuckle. Chop the beats and parsnips. Cover in oil, salt, pepper and minced garlic. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for an hour.
Step 4: Opossum Meatloaf
Surround the meatloaf with your diabolical veggies and serve to whoever dares to eat it!
When you cut the tail it leaves a red 'blood' spot from the tail, muahaha. Hope you guys get inspired by it!