Brooklyn goes a little bit crazy on Halloween: how do we know? How about the 66 Halloween events we listed last year for Brooklyn parents and their little witches?! Carroll Gardens mom and blogger, Maggie da Silva, has found a way to get your little urchins to eat something of Halloween fun before trick or treating. She has cooked up some inventive, spooky dishes that contain actual protein, carbs and veggies (and no corn syrup!). She got so involved in baking up Halloween goodies that she wrote a whole downloadable book that features fabulous recipes like Meatloaf Mummies, Witches Fingers and Spider Cupcakes- not to mention totally scary Halloween activities and crafts!
Each recipe is secretly nutritious- like her Spider Cupcakes- which are eerily disguised as pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting. This recipe for Meatloaf Mummies is a fun figure wrapped up in real nutrition. You can mix whatever you want into the hamburger – hide some veggies, for example, or substitute TVP – and the kids will like it anyway because of the fun shape and the yummy, refrigerated biscuit dough.
Maggie agreed to share her Meatloaf Mummies recipe with us. I made them last year and they were a huge hit! They are actually very easy to make and fun for older kids to help “wrap the mummy.”
Serves: 4-8, depending on how big you make your mummies.
1 lb. lean ground beef
¼ c. breadcrumbs
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. + extra catsup
1 tube of biscuit or pizza dough
1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Prepare the meatloaf: mix together the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, soy sauce and 1 T. of catsup.
3. Make meatloaf mummies by shaping little men out of the meat mixture.
4. Open the pizza dough (pop!) and flatten pieces out with your fingers.
5. Wrap the meat people with ½” strips of flattened-out pizza dough to look like bandages. Leave space for eyes.
6. Cook uncovered in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
7. Once out of the oven, you can make them creepy by using ketchup to create eyes.
8. Serve with extra catsup for dipping.
9. Q. What did the skeleton say when he sat down to eat? A. Bone appétit!
About Maggie da Silva
Maggie da Silva lives with her husband and three kids in Carroll Gardens, where the Halloween decorations are pretty awesome. She blogs about it on her family lifestyle blog, http://realfamilytime.blogspot.com/ .