Yield: serves 12

Halloween Meatloaf

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Who said Meatloaf is boring? Surprise your family with some Bloody Rats Meatloaf this Halloween and nobody will call your meatloaf boring ever again! Don't forget a side of Bones in the form of Parmesan Garlic Breadsticks!


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup quick cook oatmeal
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 24 peas (or green olives), for eyes
  • 12 thin sliced green onions, for tails

For the breadstick "bones":

  • 2 packages refrigerated Crescent Rolls
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. For the meatloaf, combine the ground beef with salt, onion, garlic, oats, cheddar, milk and eggs. Mix with your hands in a large bowl until thoroughly blended.
  2. Shape into 12 ovals on two large baking sheets (with 1inch  sides). If making rats, press peas in the front as eyes, and onion in the back as tails.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, brown sugar and mustard. Spoon over meatloaf.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes.
  5. For the bread, unroll each package of crescent rolls and separate the triangles. Gently roll each triangle into your hand, into a small rope. Carefully tie a knot at the ends of each rope. Place "bones" onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. (If you are not making bones, just roll up your crescents as package directs). Bake in a 375 degree oven for 11-13 minutes.
  6. While baking, whisk together the melted butter with garlic and salt. Brush over hot rolls after removing them from the oven and generously sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  ENJOY

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 757Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 723mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 19gSugar: 36gProtein: 46g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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