Unblinking Eye Halloween Meatloaf

Meatloaf is such an ordinary weeknight dinner. But not this one, which makes an extra effort for Halloween night: A row of peeled hard-boiled eggs inside makes each slice look like a monster eye on the dinner plate. Nobody will go out hungry to trick-or-treat!

Recipe from "Ghoulish Goodies" by Sharon Bowers/Storey Publishing.

Unblinking Eye Halloween Meatloaf

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    Ingredients

    1 cup breadcrumbs 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
    1 medium yellow onion, finely minced 1/2 cup ketchup, plus extra for glazing the loaf
    1 medium carrot, shredded 1 1/4 pounds ground beef (or a "meatloaf" mixture of ground beef and pork)
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt 4 hard-boiled eggs

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    • 1

      Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

    • 2

      In a large bowl, place the breadcrumbs and pour in the milk and egg. Mix to combine and let stand for 10 minutes. The breadcrumbs will absorb the liquid.

    • 3

      Add the onion, carrot, salt, pepper, Worcestershire, horseradish and ketchup to the breadcrumbs. Stir to combine.

    • 4

      Add the meat and incorporate all the ingredients well—hands are ideal for this. Layer half of the meat mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan.

    • 5

      Peel the hard-boiled eggs and lay them end to end down the middle of the pan over the meat layer. Pile the remaining meat mixture on top, dollop with extra ketchup if desired and bake for 45 minutes, until browned and cooked through (the internal temperature should be 160 degrees Fahrenheit).

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