I'm giving it 5 stars for the great and fun idea, but changed it so much, it doesn't really resemble the original recipe. Here's what I did: We don't eat beef so I used a salmon loaf recipe, which made the rat (one giant one) a weird "hairless" looking pink color. Then, since we love our pet rats and would never want to see them bloody, I set him on a bed of sauteed broccoli slaw (garlic and olive oil) so it would look like "Ratty" was sitting in the grass. I served green dill sauce on the side. I have to say, he was still pretty creepy. I left out the cheese because I didn't think it would work with the salmon. Since we really do like gruesome things on Halloween, the following year, I used the same salmon loaf recipe but shaped it in the form of a human head. I did use (homemade) tomato sauce, and used half of a steamed cauliflower for a semi-exposed brain. I made 2 pop-eyes out of radishes with a green olive slices for pupils. I then served it with a knife jutting out of it on a platter of shredded, roasted black kale . My zombie niece and nephew walked into the kitchen, to have a trick-or-treating dinner break, and one of them shreiked (I think it was my 9-year-old nephew) and they both fell on the floor laughing. That reaction made the whole load of work that went into it well worth it! I'm thinking this year maybe a mummy....
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I'm giving it 5 stars for the great and fun idea, but changed it so much, it doesn't really...