2 pounds ground beef 1/2 onion, chopped 1 egg, beaten 1 cup dry bread crumbs 1 (1.25 ounce) packet meatloaf seasoning mix 1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese 3 (10 ounce) cans tomato sauce 1 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 ounce uncooked spaghetti, broken into fourths 1/2 carrot, cut into 1/8-inch thick slices 1 tablespoon frozen green peas
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, bread crumbs, and meatloaf seasoning. Use your hands to mix until well blended. Measure out 1/3 cupfuls of the meat mixture and mold around a cube of cheese like a meatball. Shape into a point at one end and lengthen the body a bit by rolling between your hands. Place your ''rat'' into a shallow baking dish, and continue with the remaining meat. Insert pieces of uncooked spaghetti into the rounded end of the rats to make tails. 3. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil. 4. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Uncover the dish and continue to bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce to glaze the rats. 5. While the rats finish baking, heat the peas and carrots in a small bowl in the microwave for about 15 seconds. 6. Carefully transfer the rats to a serving platter so that their delicate tails don't fall off. Press peas into the pointy end to make eyes, and insert carrot slices to make ears. Spoon some of the tomato sauce around them and serve.
Of course you're going to want some desert, and this recipe of "Red Velvet Slaughter Cake" found out Yum and Yummer is definitely right up that bloody alley.
Red Velvet Slaughter Cake (from Yum and Yummer)
Preparation time: 45 minute(s) Cooking time: 55 minute(s) Number of servings (yield): 18-20
Recipe for cake NOTE: the following directions makes EACH tier, not both. You will need to make two batches to make both the bottom (8×3) and top tier (6×3) of the cake)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 oz. liquid red food coloring + 1 bottleful of water 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder (not dutch processed or dark) 2 1/2 cups flour (AP or cake) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon white vinegar
For the frosting:
1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 cups confectioners' sugar
For the assembly:
Prepared frosting 6×3 and 8×3 cake tiers 12 oz white fondant For the "blood" 1tbsp water 2 tbsp corn starch 1tsp red food coloring 1 or 2 drops green food coloring 1 tsp chocolate syrup or maple syrup
For the cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Beat butter and sugar in a stand mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add one egg at a time allowing to mix for 15-20 seconds after each addition to ensure it is fully incorporated. In a small bowl combine vanilla extract, cocoa powder, red food coloring and 1 oz water until smooth and mix into cake batter, making sure to scrape down the side of the bowl and mix very well. 3. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. 4. Turn mixer on medium and add the flour mixture in three additions while alternating between the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour mixture. 5. Combine baking soda and vinegar in a small cup, allowing it to fizz, and add to batter once it settles. 6. Make two batches of the recipe and add one to an 8×3? prepared cake pan and one to a 6×3 prepared cake pan and bake for 40-45 minutes and 50-55 minutes, respectively, or until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean. 7. Once cooled, level off the top of the cakes with a knife or cake leveler so it is nice and flat.
For the frosting:
Beat butter in a stand mixer over medium speed until light and fluffy and add confectioners' one cup at a time, scraping down the sides and mixing until fully incorporated.
For the assembly:
1. Frost each cake tier completely using all of the frosting except for two tbsp, making sure the frosting is smooth and even. Place in fridge for 15 minutes to chill slightly. 2. Split fondant and place on a surface dusted with corn starch or powdered sugar. Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness and place on each cake. Ensure your fondant is big enough to cover the entire cake and its sides! 3. Smooth fondant around the cake sides slowly, working down each side and smoothing as you go along. Place each tier in fridge for 15 minutes to chill. 4. Once chilled, place one tablespoons of frosting directly into the center of the bottom tier, but do not spread. Place top tier on the bottom tier and use remaining tablespoon of frosting to patch up any gaps between the bottom and top tier.
For the "blood":
Combine all ingredients and mix well. The chocolate or maple syrup and green food coloring will ensure the color of the mixture has a more realistic veinous blood look. Adjust water and cornstarch if too thick/runny and adjust food coloring if the coloring is off.
1. Place cake outside on top of newspaper to ensure you do not make a mess. Cover hands in shortening or wear gloves. 2. Dip toothbrush or vegetable brush in the prepared blood and use your finger to run across the brush while close to the cake to create a blood spray effect. Dip brush in blood and flick it at the cake to create a blood splatter effect.
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Hemlock: Season Two synopsis:
Season two continues with the town coming to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures. Roman and Peter are now faced with new responsibilities and the realities that come with adulthood. Roman's relationship with his mother, Olivia, is all but dead as he struggles with his unwanted Upir birthright and the disappearance of his sister, Shelley. Peter moves in with Destiny and is forced to get a job after his mother is sent away. Meanwhile, in search of a new life, newcomer Miranda Cates, embarks on Hemlock Grove with an unknowingly profound effect on Peter and Roman. And Norman, still reeling from the loss of his family, must face the harsh truths that are uncovered about those he still loves. The White Tower looms menacingly over the town as Pryce's mysterious experiments are questioned and he will be faced with the hardest decision of his career.
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