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DEADMAN OVER WORMS…… 

Herewith I submit my award winning recipe for Deadman Over Worms….well, I actually didn’t win any award, but I did win Emeril Live’s Halloween Contest last year….okay, so I was one of four winners….but I was definitely Emeril’s favorite – fine, so I wasn’t his favorite….but my meatloaf was….trust me on this, his exact words were:  “Folks, this is a really good recipe….BAM!”  Now I’m not making this up…..afterall, would I lie about meatloaf?  So out of all of the thousands and thousands of entries – probably millions – this was one of the winners:

 3 eggs

2/3 cup milk

2 slices French bread torn into small pieces

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 cut grated carrot

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon bouquet garni

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 pounds lean ground beef

1 pound mild Italian sausage

1 (16 oz.) package spaghetti noodles, cooked according to package directions

Butter

Topping:

1 cup tomato ketchup

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup of your favorite bottled spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, beat the eggs.  Add milk, bread, and oatmeal.  Stir in carrots, onions, cheese, herbs, and seasonings.  Add beef and sausage and mix well.  In a shallow baking dish, shape beef mixture into the shape of a body.  Round ball for head, (about the size of a softball) oval shape for body, mounding up for tummy.  Shape arms and place next to body (you don’t want them sticking out or they will cook too quickly.)  Shape legs and place next to each other, not apart.  Smooth meatloaf so the “seams” are not apparent. 

Make topping. 

Bake meatloaf for 45 minutes, then spoon half of the sauce over meatloaf.  Return to the oven and continue baking for an additional 45 minutes or until meatloaf is cooked thoroughly. (Total baking time about 1 1/2 hours – cover with foil if it gets too brown.) While meatloaf is baking cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions.  Rinse noodles and put butter, to taste, on them; set aside.

When meatloaf is done, remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.  Put spaghetti noodles on a tray.  Carefully place meatloaf on top of spaghetti noodles, using two spatulas.  Don’t worry if an arm or a leg falls off – just “reattach” and cover with sauce.  Before serving place a knife in the “heart” of the  deadman …..serve with remaining sauce.

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