Halloween Bloody Baked Rats


This is a fun, inexpensive, creepy Halloween entree that will gross out and impress your dinner guests. It is mini meatloaves baked in tomato sauce that are shaped like rats with cheese in the middle. When you cut it open, gooey cheese will come oozing out. Garnished with a spaghetti noodle tail and carrot ears, these pests are sure to be a devilishly delectable dinner.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
4 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

  • 1 (1.25 ounce) packet meatloaf seasoning mix

  • 1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese

  • 3 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 ounce uncooked spaghetti, broken into fourths

  • ½ carrot, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices

  • 1 tablespoon frozen green peas


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, bread crumbs, and meatloaf seasoning. Use your hands to mix until well blended. 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 dish, and continue with the remaining meat. Insert pieces of uncooked spaghetti into the rounded end of the rats to make tails.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil.

  4. 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.

  5. While the rats finish baking, heat the peas and carrots in a small bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

  6. Carefully transfer the rats to a serving platter 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

966 Calories
41g Fat
94g Carbs
57g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 966
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 18g 91%
Cholesterol 219mg 73%
Sodium 2516mg 109%
Total Carbohydrate 94g 34%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 64g
Protein 57g
Vitamin C 17mg 86%
Calcium 353mg 27%
Iron 8mg 46%
Potassium 1367mg 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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