Dead Man Meatloaf

Meatloaf can be so boring. My standard recipe is from Kraft foods and you can find it here.  This is one of those “back pocket” recipes that I can pretty much guarantee will make a good meal.

But, today I lacked the stuffing mix that puts that meatloaf over the top. So, this afternoon right before the 3:15 onslaught of hungry, homework-laden children arrived from school, I was frantically searching for a meat loaf recipe whose ingredients jived with my pantry.


Here is my slightly changed variation:

Dead Man Meatloaf

I’m always trying to sneak extra veggies into recipes and meatloaf is the perfect place do do that. So I varied the recipe a little by sauteing one diced onion, one clove of garlic, and a shredded zucchini in Italian dressing.

Sneaky veggies

I used half pork and half ground beef (a little less than a pound each). I didn’t have any bread crumbs so I just dehydrated in the microwave a couple of buns that were already a little stale.

bread crumbs and pork and beef

Everything was mixed together with a couple of eggs and some Creole (or Cajun) seasoning. I formed the mixture into a body. When there was about 10 minutes left to cook, I added the face and the fatal wound. I used halved cherry tomatoes with raisins for the eyes and a pepper ring for the mouth. Ketchup served as the blood substitute. The plastic knife was added after I took Dead Man out of the oven. He does sort of look like a gingerbread man with some time of skin disease.

Dead Man meatloaf

I thought that the kids’ reactions to the meatloaf little dramatic.


In spite of their drama, they really liked it!


I knew this recipe was a winner when Will and Scott fought over Dead Man’s head.

Eating Meatloaf

Lest you think that this meal was just fun and games, Dead Man Meatloaf pairs really well with a salad and some sliced pineapple and a glass of white wine.




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  1. Looks yummy! I will be trying this – but maybe not in corpse form. Last time I made a play-doh man Fannie freaked out and wouldn’t come near me. He didn’t even have a knife in his chest!

    1. Yeah. I thought before I published this that I should put a PG6 (parental guidance for those under 6) marker on it. You could easily make this into a meatloaf pumpkin! Maybe I’ll do that for Halloween night next week. Instead of zucchini (or with it!), you could add a little pumpkin to the recipe.

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