Yay, October! October means Halloween! Halloween decorations, Halloween costumes, and Halloween treats! And I’m not just talking about candy, but food in general. I love food and I love playing with my food. I came across this gem of an idea for a nice horrific dinner.
The Meat Hand – found on a wonderfully unconventional design and home blog called Not Martha. It’s chock-full of tutorials for home design, recipes, and other ideas for people who don’t want to follow Martha Stewart.
I decided to try… my hand at making the Meat Hand or as I like to call it, the Handloaf.
Not Martha used a basic meatloaf recipe from a cookbook and I used my own basic meatloaf recipe passed from friend to friend to friend. Instead of ground beef, I used ground turkey. Here’s the recipe I used, just in case you don’t have your own or you’re too lazy to look one up:
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 onion, minced and cut a few pieces for the nails and bones
1 cup of milk
1 cup of dried bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of mustard
1/3 cup of ketchup
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix the meat, egg, onion, milk and bread crumbs together. Add the salt and pepper to the mix.
3. In a baking dish, shape the mix into a hand. Place the pieces of onion for the nails and two onion pieces for bones coming out of the wrist if you want to be anatomically correct.
4. Mix the brown sugar, mustard, and ketchup in a separate bowl. Mix well and pour over the handloaf.
Not Martha suggests using a hand gelatin mold to create the hand shape, but I winged it. My hand turned out pretty large, but I think it looked alright.
Mine came out way more disgusting-looking because I didn’t put the cheese on the handloaf until the end and put it back in the oven for about five minutes. I think I would have successfully gotten the burnt hand look if I had put the cheese on a lot earlier. Overall, it was tasty and way too much fun to make.
Of course we ate the fingers first! If you don’t talk, you lose a finger… even though your hand has already been cut off.
I will definitely be perusing Not Martha more this month for all of the spooky Halloween recipes and ideas.