Here's the instructions to make this amazing dinner for the family, or to serve for a sit down Halloween dinner, and it comes straight from Renee herself.....
Here's what you'll need to make this giant, meaty mammal that will creep your family and friends out for this Halloween season.
Serves - 8-12 Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 60-90 minutes (depending on the size of your rat)
2 - 3 pounds of prepared meatloaf (your favorite recipe), divided in half
1 cup prepared BBQ sauce (your favorite variety)
6-8 slices string cheese
2 cups of French fried onions, divided
1-2 bread sticks from a tube of refrigerator bread sticks, as the tail (bake the rest to serve with the rat)
1 black olive, for the nose
2 whole white jarred onions, for the eyes
2 thin slices of small red potato, for the ears
6 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, for the whiskers
-Working on an a sheet of parchment paper , pat out half of the meatloaf mixture to form a tapered oval shape.
-Spread the BBQ sauce evenly over the meatloaf, making sure to leave about a 1 1/2 inch border around the entire rat.
-Place the string cheese pieces over the BBQ sauce and top with the French fried onions.
-Working on another piece of parchment paper make another tapered oval shape, similar in size to the first one, with the remainder of the meatloaf mixture.
-Working carefully, lift the foil and flip the meatloaf out onto the top of the guts of the bottom layer of rat.
-Carefully press the two halves of the meatloaf together so he is properly sealed.
-Carefully lift the rat onto an aluminum foil baking sheet that has been fitted with a rack.
-Place 1-2 of the bread sticks coming out from the back end of the rat and work them into place so they look like a tail. Cover the tail with aluminum foil.
-Make two indentations with you knuckle where his eyes will be and then press two whole onions into the indentations.
-Poke the potato ears into place on top of the rats head and add his olive nose to the front of his face.
-Bake the rat loaf in the preheated oven for approximately 60-90 minutes (depending on how big of a rat you've made) until he's cooked through.
-About 45 minutes before your rat is cooked thoroughly, remove the aluminum foil from the tail to allow the bread stick tail to brown. Top the rat with the remaining 1 cup French fried onions and continue to bake until he's completely cooked through.
-Remove him from the oven and add his spaghetti whiskers. *Note - I added the spaghetti whiskers in early just for photography purposes. If you bake them along with the rat, they'll burn.
-Allow him to sit for about 10-15 minutes (covered loosely with foil) before slicing, serving and grossing out your family and friends!!!
Thanks Renee! You've solved my "What am I going to make The Count for dinner tonight?" crisis!
For more awesome Halloween (and other great ones) recipes. be sure to log on to her site Kudos KitchenbyRenee.com!