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Our recipe for spaghetti and flies (they're actually meatballs), promises you and your family a meal that is disgusting and delicious at the same time. What could be better for a Halloween dinner?

What you'll need:

Plus, you'll need:

  • Sliced bread
  • Paring knife
  • Raisins or currants

Note: The recipe calls for turkey meat, but you should substitute at least half (or all, if you desire) of the turkey meat with ground beef. This will make for a better-looking fly. If you prefer to serve turkey instead of beef, use ground dark-meat turkey.

What you'll do:

Follow the recipe for spaghetti and meatballs. After shaping the meatballs as you normally would, flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand to give them a squatter appearance -- more like a fly. Bake in the oven according to the directions in the recipe.

While the meatballs are roasting in the oven, cut out one-inch tear drop shapes from the sliced bread, using the pointed tip of your paring knife. These will become the wings. You will need two for each fly-meatball you're making.

When the meatballs are fully cooked, remove them from the pan to a plate where they can cool slightly while you finish preparing the meal. Toss your spaghetti with the sauce and put some on each plate. Place two or three meatballs on each pile of pasta. Each meatball should get two eyes made from the raisins and two wings on their "backs." If the wings or eyes have trouble staying on, a dab of ketchup "glue" should hold them on long enough to make their fly-like appearance at the table -- hopefully accompanied by a loud chorus of buzzing!

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