Rating: 5 stars
27 Ratings
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After seeing various versions of this Halloween-themed meatloaf on social media over the years, I decided it was time to post my very own. I've seen many approaches to this, such as covered in 'blood', or mummified in strips of pastry, but the ones wrapped in bacon always looked the most realistic, and the most appetizing.

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Blood Sauce:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Melt butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Saute diced onion, celery, mushrooms, and 1 teaspoon salt until the mixture dries out and starts to turn golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in garlic, black pepper, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

  • Combine remaining 2 teaspoons salt, ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, buttermilk, 2 tablespoons ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Add cooled vegetable mixture. Mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.

  • Slice 2 round sides, about 1/2-inch-thick, off the second onion for the zombie eyes. Push 1 clove into the center of each slice. Cut a 1-inch-wide section off the remaining onion and dice into chunks to form zombie teeth.

  • Transfer meatloaf mixture to the prepared baking sheet and use damp hands to shape into a zombie skull shape that is 3 to 4 inches tall. Form indents to represent the eyes, nose, and mouth. Drape bacon over the face, covering most of the meatloaf. Add onion eyes and teeth. Tuck in loose ends of bacon under the sides with a spatula. Cover the onion eyes with aluminum foil to prevent browning.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees F (68 degrees C), about 1 hour.

  • Stir barbeque sauce, 1/4 cup ketchup, and hot sauce together in a bowl to make the blood sauce.

Cook's Notes:

For crispier bacon, cover the eyes and teeth with aluminum foil and broil until bacon is brown and crispy.

Milk may be used in place of buttermilk, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

641 calories; protein 46.1g; carbohydrates 21.5g; fat 40.6g; cholesterol 196mg; sodium 1600mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2017
It was an awesome Halloween hit! I did broil it at the last few minutes just to get the bacon crispy. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2017
Reactivated my AllRecipes login just now to comment on this. First we discovered Chef John on YouTube and love his work. Second this was AMAZING. The flavor was great it was moist everything you want in a meatloaf. Our dinner guests (a whole family) were suitably impressed. The best part was I apparently didn't push the eyeballs in far enough and so when I tried to fix that after cooking meatloaf juice gooshed out from under the onions and looked DISGUSTING. LOL! Also everyone loved the blood sauce! We had both spicy and regular BBQ sauce so I mixed ketchup/spicy sauce/regular sauce in a 3:1:2 ratio added a dash of worchestershire and shook well in the squirt bottle. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2017
It was an awesome Halloween hit! I did broil it at the last few minutes just to get the bacon crispy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2017
It was so fun. I substituted Green olives stuffed with garlic for the cloves in the center of the eyes. By cuttint the onion at stock end you can easily have a larger hole and the olives pop right in. Made it tonight on halloween for my 4 kiddos and hubby and everyone loved it. Tried to add my picture but it says its too small. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2017
The only thing I did differently was to put cooked mummy under the broiler for a few minutes so the bacon could crisp up. It was a hit with my adult children and hubby. They all went back for seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2017
This was better than my mothers meatloaf! Sorry Mom. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2020
Fun to make! Crisped bacon under broiler about five minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2020
Tastes great, but it can be hard to get people to try it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2020
The family loved it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2020
This was so good! I went exactly by the recipe except used moose meat and left out the mushrooms. I should have reduced the butter. I ended up draining some because the onions were swimming in it. But it’s was delicious and looked creepy. I wasn’t sure about mixing ketchup with my bbq sauce but even that was good, everyone loved it. Will definitely make again! Read More