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Zombie Meatloaf

Zombie Meatloaf

Serves 8 to 10
Use a food processor to whip this up in a snap. Follow the steps below and you won’t need to rinse the food processor bowl in between steps. After each step, empty the contents of the bowl out and set aside.

Process enough bread to make:

2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
Process until finely chopped then set aside:
1/4 cup parsley with
2 cloves garlic (more if expecting vampires)
Process each separately until coarsely chopped (not too fine, mixed texture is good), then place together in large mixing bowl :
3 stalks celery
3 carrots
1 onion
Melt in a large frying pan over medium flame:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

Add the celery mixture and saute until soft and onions are translucent. Remove from heat to cool.
In the large mixing bowl, mix in the remaining ingredients below, adding the parsley and garlic and the breadcrumbs. When the vegetables have cooled, add them to the mixture.

Note: the only way to really mix this up well is to use your hands — squoosh, squoosh!

1 lb. ground turkey
2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage
1/2 teaspoon thyme
3/4 teaspoon oregano
3 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
3 teaspoons lemon juice
2 – 3 tablespoons heavy cream Shape the meatloaf into a Zombie on a large baking sheet or pan with low sides; placing a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom helps for easy clean up. Lightly grease the surface before adding the meatloaf.
Apply ketchup decoratively before baking.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 1 hour to 1 hour, 10 minutes. Let cool before decorating.

Decorate the Zombie with any of these materials:

ketchup
mustard
fresh parsley
red, orange, and/or yellow bell peppers
other decorative foods like slivered blanched almonds, olives, cherry tomatoes, etc.

Hints:
The meatloaf will give off lots of juices as you cook it. For a crisper presentation, we used a separate, clean baking sheet, covered it with parchment paper, then carefully used a large spatula to transfer the cooked Zombie to the clean sheet. The appendages (legs and arms) broke at the joints, but that’s not important and can either add effect, or be covered up with ketchup.

If not serving immediately, cover the whole tray and place the Zombie in the refrigerator to avoid contamination (remember: keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold to prevent food poisoning). You can reheat it on the same sheet with the parchment paper. Then decorate just before serving.

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November 3, 2006 Posted by | Beef, Cooking and Food, Dinner, Events, Food, Halloween, Halloween Recipes, Meals | Leave a comment

Pumpkin Muffins with Candied Ginger

Pumpkin Muffins with Candied Ginger

nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup minced crystallized ginger

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray 12 muffin tins with nonstick spray.

2. Place the butter in a mixing bowl and beat at high speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until the mixture is very fluffy.

3. Add the egg and mix on low speed to combine. Add the pumpkin puree and grated ginger root and mix again.

4. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice together.

5. Fold in half of the flour mixture. Stir in the buttermilk. Fold in the remaining flour mixture and the crystallized ginger. The batter should be smooth, but be careful to not overmix.

6. Fill the prepared tins halfway with the batter. Bake until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

7. Transfer the muffin tins to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes before removing the muffins.

Serving Size: 1 muffin

November 3, 2006 Posted by | Candy, Christmas, Dessert, Dessert Recipes, Famous Recipes, Halloween, Muffins, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Recipes, Thanksgiving | Leave a comment