These rats make a great starter and are becoming popular among my friends, although most just adapt their own rissole or meatloaf recipes.
Try freezing your cheese cubes a little before stuffing the rats. It cuts down on leakage. - 27 Jul 2010 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Five stars for presentation! I used my own meatloaf recipe and halved the "blood" sauce. Also used cooked asparagus for tails, almond slivers for ears, and tiny bits of raisin for the eyes. Hubby suggested adding a cooked spaghetti noodle to the cheese inside to look like guts. ;D Great Halloween dinner! - 08 Nov 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
My rats actually came out cute instead of scary, lol! I used raw carrots for the ears, red bell peppers for the eyes and I felt like it needed a nose so I stuck in a piece of cheese. I tossed spaghetti in some sauce and served my rats over it. I did have slight leakage of the cheese like other reviewers but this was definitely yummy! Also I didn't put too much sauce on my rats before baking and heated up leftover sauce and put it over before serving. I saved one strand of cooked spaghetti per rat and draped it over the finished rats as the tail. Thanks for the great idea and recipe. - 29 Oct 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)