Monday, October 29, 2007

On My Hearth: Spaghetti and Eyeballs

I try to make something fun for dinner Halloween night, but since Lily will be working then and Beren's girls happen to be with us tonight, I'm going to move the meal ahead a couple of days.

I was planning to make meatloaf mice but after what happened with Lily's rat..gulp..I didn't think that was such a good idea. So, courtesy of Family Fun magazine, Spaghetti and eyeballs it is! I'll be using lean ground turkey instead of the beef.

Halloween Spaghetti and Eyeballs

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
2 tbsp. ketchup
2 eggs
1 tbsp. fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried
1 7-oz. jar pimiento-stuffed olives
1 26-oz. jar prepared pasta sauce
1 lb. spaghetti
1 tbsp. olive oil

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2
Mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, ketchup, eggs and basil in a large bowl. Using the meat mixture, form about 30 small meatballs.

Step 3
To make the eyeballs, press an olive into each meatball, pimiento side out. Place the eyeballs in a baking dish, cover with the pasta sauce, and bake for 45 minutes.

Step 4
Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water. Drain and rinse the spaghetti and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil to prevent strands from sticking together. Put it on a platter or in a large serving bowl.

Step 5
Spoon the eyeballs onto the spaghetti, irises up, and spoon the pasta sauce around them. Makes 10 servings.

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