Halloween Baked Rats

    1 hour 30 minutes

    These rats make a great starter and are becoming popular among my friends, although most just adapt their own rissole or meatloaf recipes.

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    Makes: 4 Rats

    • 1 kg beef mince
    • 1/2 onion, diced
    • 1 egg, whisked
    • 100g dry breadcrumbs
    • 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs
    • 1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese
    • 750ml tomato puree or pasta sauce
    • 3/4 cup (185g) white sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 30g spaghetti, broken into quarters
    • 1/2 carrot, cut into thick slices
    • frozen green peas, to garnish

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the mince, onion, egg, breadcrumbs and herbs. Use your hands to mix until well blended.
    3. Measure out 1/3 cupfuls of the meat mixture and mold around a cube of cheese like a meatball. Shape into a point at one end and lengthen the body a bit by rolling between your hands. Place your ''rat'' into a shallow baking tray and continue with the remaining meat. Insert pieces of uncooked spaghetti into the rounded end of the rats to make tails.
    4. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato puree, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover the dish with a lid or foil.
    5. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Uncover the dish and continue to bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce to glaze the rats.
    6. While the rats are baking heat the carrots and peas in a small bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
    7. Carefully transfer the rats to a serving plate so that their delicate tails don't fall off. Press peas into the pointy end to make eyes and insert carrot slices to make ears. Spoon some of the tomato sauce around them and serve.

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    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)