YUMMY MUMMY MEATLOAF: HALLOWEEN

adapted from Matthew Mead’s Monster Book of Halloween by Matthew Mead via Epicurious.com
Serves 6

For a child, Halloween is one of the most festive holidays.  Carving pumpkins, dressing up in costume, trick-or-treating, and eating candy is great fun for children of all ages. Before you send your little witches and goblins out into the night, feed them something savory for dinner.  Feed them something fun; something befitting the mood.  How about a meatloaf that looks like a mummy?

Yummy mummy meatloaf is a basic meatloaf which is covered with a sweet sauce and baked.  When it’s done, you wrap it in pasta to look like a mummy.  It is surrounded by Kalamata olives which nicely balances the sweetness of the sauce.

A sure-fire winner, children will love the combination of pasta and meatloaf as well as the fact that other than some finely chopped onions, there is not a vegetable in sight.  To make a complete meal, just add some steamed vegetables and perhaps a little fresh fruit.

Note:  You can bake this a few hours ahead of time if needed.  Be sure to cover the dish with aluminum foil when you reheat it to prevent the pasta from drying out.  Also, be sure to remove the mummy’s eyes before you reheat and then replace them when you serve.  Otherwise, the mozzarella will melt and that spoils the whole effect.

Happy Halloween!

For the meatloaf:

1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef, turkey, or buffalo

1 egg

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 cup milk

1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp black pepper

1/3 cup ketchup

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp prepared mustard

8 oz pappardelle pasta, cooked according package instructions and then tossed with 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 (3oz) ball mozzarella cheese, cut in half

11/2-2 cups Kalamatta olives

For the sauce:

3/4 cup ketchup

3/4 cup water

3 Tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp prepared mustard

1.  MAKE THE MEATLOAF AND COAT IT:  Preheat oven to 350 and then spray or lightly oil a 10-inch round pie pan.  In a large bowl, combine the meat, egg, onion, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper.   Place the mixture into the pie pan and shape into a dome.  In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard.  Brush this mixture all over the meatloaf.  Bake until done, about 1 hour.  Let the cooked meatloaf rest for about 15 minutes.

2.  MUMMIFY THE MEATLOAF AND MAKE THE SAUCE:  Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Simmer until thickened, about 3-5 minutes.  Meanwhile, wrap the meatloaf, mummy style with the cooked pappardelle.  In the center, on either side, place the mozzarella halves and then an olive on top of each cheese halves.  These are the mummy’s eyes.  Scatter the rest of the olives evenly around the mummy.

3.  SERVE:  Serve mummy meatloaf with warmed sauce.  To balance out the sweetness, serve with a steamed green vegetable like broccoli or green beans.

Peace and love from my kitchen to yours,

Waverly

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