Dead Man Over Worms

Dead Man Over Worms


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This is a fun dish to serve on Halloween! It's a great tasting meatloaf that can also be enjoyed any time of the year!

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  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 C. milk
  • 2 slices French bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1 C. oatmeal
  • 1/2 C. grated carrot
  • 1/2 C. finely chopped onion
  • 1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. bouquet garni
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. mild Italian sausage
  • 1 16 oz. pkg. spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • Topping:
  • 1 C. tomato ketchup
  • 1 C. packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. prepared mustard
  • 1/4 C. maple syrup
  • 1/2 C. bottled spaghetti sauce

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add milk, bread, and oatmeal. Stir in carrots, onions, cheese, herbs, and seasonings. Add beef and sausage and mix well. On a rimmed baking sheet, shape beef mixture into the shape of a body. Round ball for head, (about the size of a softball) oval shape for body, mounding up for tummy. Shape arms and place next to body (you don't want them sticking out or they will cook too quickly.) Shape legs and place next to each other, not apart. Smooth meatloaf so the "seams" are not apparent.

Make topping. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. (This topping is very sweet, but it's the perfect "sticky-bloody-glaze" for this meatloaf.)

Bake meatloaf for 45 minutes, then spoon half of the sauce over meatloaf. Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 45 minutes or until meatloaf is cooked thoroughly. (Total baking time about 1 1/2 hours - cover with foil if it gets too brown.) While meatloaf is baking cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions. Rinse noodles and put butter, to taste, on them; set aside.

When meatloaf is done, remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Put buttered spaghetti noodles on a tray. Carefully place meatloaf on top of spaghetti noodles, using two spatulas. Don't worry if an arm or a leg falls off - just "re-attach" and cover with sauce. Before serving place a knife in the "heart" of the deadman. Pour remaining sauce over top of deadman.

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