Tonight we are going on a murderous cooking spree.
From an unwilling victim we will be making oozing meatloaf brains that are smothered in a sweet and spicy bloody barbecue sauce and filled with a molten mozzarella and ricotta center.
The brain can be served as a meaty appetizer with crackers for friendly cannibals; or served Jeffry Dahmer style and cut into pieces.
Oozing Meatloaf Brain
- 16 oz ground beef
- ½ cup plain bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 16 oz mozzarella cheese ball
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- ⅓ cup tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons sriracha
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon A1 steak sauce
- ¼ cup honey warmed
- 3 cups mashed potatoes extra smooth – I like Bob Evan's brand
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, onion and garlic powder, and one egg. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- In a smaller bowl, whisk together the tomato paste, sriracha, worcestershire sauce, steak sauce and honey until smooth. Set aside.
- Line a deep, circular bowl with plastic wrap. Press the meat onto the sides of the bowl in an even layer, leaving enough excess meat to create a 'top' slab of meat.
- Fill the meat bowl with ricotta cheese, a couple tablespoons of the 'blood' sauce and then press the entire mozzarella cheese ball into the ricotta and BBQ so that only the bottom portion is exposed.
- Form the remaining meat into a thin slab of meat and press it on top of the mozzarella. Pinch the edges of the meat together so that the mozzarella is sealed in.
- Cover the top of the meat with plastic wrap and then freeze for one hour.
- Line a round baking pan with foil. Flip the chilled meat brain into the pan. Remove the plastic wrap. Gently squeeze to reform the meat into a brain-like shape.
- Place the mashed potatoes in a large baggie. Snip off the corner of the baggie and pipe the mashed potatoes onto the meat in a swirly-brain pattern. Freeze for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 F. Brush half of the remaing 'blood' sauce on the top of the mashed potatoes. Make a tent from foil and place it over the brain – so that it covers but does not touch the potatoes.
- Cook for 15 minutes then remove the foil tent and cook for another 20-30 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure the meat is cooked through and the mozzarella isn't escaping from the center.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Brush on the remaining 'blood' sauce. Serve with crackers or eat as a main course. Have a happy Halloween! Enjoy!