Boo! This Halloween Mummy Meatloaf is sure to be a hit at your Halloween party or your family dinner table! A ground beef dinner idea dressed up for the holiday.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Your ghouls and goblins will just die over this Mummy Meatloaf recipe!
Perfect for Halloween, this savory dinner idea is easy to make and great for a crowd. And hearty to get ready for trick or treating!
Familiar flavors are shaped into a fun Halloween character for a savory meal.
These are the ingredients you need for this Halloween dinner idea:
- Ground Beef
- Ground Sausage (or more beef)
- Yellow Onion
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Brown Sugar
- Panko Breadcrumbs
- Dijon Mustard
- Olives (Green with pimento is best)
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Garlic Cloves
- Dried Parsley
- Dried Thyme
- Black Pepper
Mozzarella Cheese – it is best to use a block or solid piece of cheese for the eyes to help achieve the shape that you want.
Olives – The green olives with red pimento pieces inside are best because it gives a great look to the eyeballs.
This is the equipment you will need for this recipe:
- Large Bowl
- Medium Bowl
- Small Bowl
- Baking Sheet
- Tin Foil
- Cutting Board
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
Chop up the onion and cook in the oil with the dried thyme. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar. Set aside.
In another large bowl combine the milk, eggs, Worcestershire, Dijon, salt, and black pepper. Whisk together.
In the milk mixture bowl, also add the ground meat, parsley, Panko breadcrumbs, and the onion mixture.
Mix up the meat mixture until well combined.
Dump the meat mixture onto a foil lined baking sheet. Shape into a head shape (like a lightbulb). It should be about ____ inches tall and _____ inches long. Other shapes are fine, but adjust cooking time accordingly.
Make two large indents for the eyes. Cut the mozzarella into thick slices, then into a round shape, and cut a hole in the middle of each of the two circles. Place the cheese circles into the eye sockets and place an olive in the middle, red pimento end facing up.
Peel 8 larger cloves of garlic and place the flatter ends that were connected to the root into the meatloaf to make two rows of teeth. Use more or less garlic as needed.
Spread the ketchup mixture across the entire head, including the sides, but avoiding the eyes and teeth.
Cut the bacon in half and place across the head covering all areas except the eyes and teeth.
Bake until cooked through, approximately 50 minutes. The internal temperature should be 160F.
Modifications and Substitutions
Easily use all beef or even ground turkey.
Need to hide the diced onions? Use 2 Tablespoons of onion powder instead.
Prosciutto would be a fun swap for bacon!
Bacon has a tendency to shrink as it cooks. Secure the ends of the bacon with toothpicks to help ensure the meat stays covered.
Mashed potatoes is a great side dish!
160F. It is important for it to be cooked through, especially since it is made with ground meat.
Resting 10 minutes is perfect to let the meat juices settle.
It is not needed for this recipe because we want the bacon on the outside to brown. The bacon is also helping to keep the moisture inside.
- Small Bowl
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped (about 1 cup)
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 pound ground beef see note 1
- 1 pound ground sausage or more beef
- ⅔ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 ½ Tablespoons dried parsley
- ½ cup ketchup
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.
- Add the oil to the skillet and when hot, add the chopped onion.1 medium yellow onion, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- Sautee until translucent, 3-5 minutes.
- Add 2 cloves of garlic, minced, and the dried thyme to the onions. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.2 cloves garlic, ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Set aside.2 large eggs, ½ cup milk, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
- In a large bowl, combine the beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, dried parsley, onion mixture, and milk mixture.Stir until well combined.1 pound ground beef, 1 pound ground sausage, ⅔ cup panko breadcrumbs, 1 ½ Tablespoons dried parsley
- Make the sauce mixture by combining the ketchup, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar together in a small bowl. Set aside.½ cup ketchup, ¼ cup light brown sugar, 1 ½ Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Line the baking sheet with foil. Scoop the meat mixture onto the foil.
- Shape into a head, similar to a light bulb.
- Use your fingers to make two deep indents for the eyes.
- Cut a hole in the middle of each piece of cheese to make space for the olive. Insert the cheese into the eye sockets and place the olives in the centers of the cheese.2 bocconcini mozzarella balls, 2 green olives
- Peel the 8 whole garlic cloves and press the flat ends into the meatloaf, sticking outward and not flat, to make the teeth in the shape of a mouth.8 cloves garlic
- Spoon the ketchup mixture over the entire head, avoiding the eyes.
- Apply the bacon strips across the head like bandages. Cut the bacon as needed to fit.½ pound bacon
- If desired, use toothpicks to secure the ends of the bacon. This will help prevent them from shrinking and exposing parts of the meat. (optional)
- Bake for about 50 minutes, until the internal temperature reads 160°F. Let rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
- You can use all beef for this recipe, or even part/all ground turkey.
- Large mozzarella balls work great for the eyes. You can also cut out rounds of mozzarella from larger bricks or balls. Shredded cheese is difficult to work with and keep it in place.
- Secure the bacon with toothpicks to help keep the meatloaf covered as bacon tends to shrink.