Friday, October 28, 2011

Baked Mice (aka Mini Meatloaves)

I got the idea for these cute (or as cute as meatloaf can be) little Halloween mice from this recipe. They were easy to make and ended up tasting really good too. I would make these mini meatloaves the rest of the year sans mousie features. Lean ground turkey is usually pretty dry when made into meatballs or meatloaf, but I think the little hunk of cheese in the middle helped because mine didn't turn out dry at all. The cheese did leak a bit out of some of the mice but I think that just added to the effect! And yes, the noodle tails do cook completely in the oven. Serve the mice with mashed potatoes (the sauce is good on them) and a veggie.

Baked Mice

1.25 lb package ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 C seasoned bread crumbs
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
8 3/4 inch cubes cheddar cheese
3 spaghetti noodles, broken into thirds
16 oz can tomato sauce
4 T brown sugar
3 T yellow mustard
2 T Heinz chili sauce (not the spicy Asian kind- this is optional)
1/4 t black pepper
16 very thin carrot slices
16 black olive slices
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 7 by 11 baking dish. Combine the ground turkey, egg, bread crumbs and spices. Form 1/8 of the meat around a cheese cube, sealing well. Form a point on one end and make the other end rounded. Place in baking dish and stick one of the spaghetti thirds into the rounded end to make a tail. Repeat with the rest of the meat, cheese cubes and noodles. Stir together tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, chili sauce and pepper and pour over the mice, making sure to cover the tails. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake until mice are cooked through (165 degrees in the middle), about 20 minutes longer. Arrange mice on plates, cut a small slit on either side of the heads, and insert carrot slices for ears. Place olive slices on the face to make eyes.

Yield: 8 mice, 4-8 servings

1 comment:

  1. Cute! But I don't know that I could take a bite out of anything that looked like a mouse. I am "afeared" of them!!! LOL.