Gory Halloween ‘Meat Hand’ Recipe
Halloween is almost upon us and we’re getting into the spirit of things (excuse the pun!). Why not try our gory ‘Meat Hand’ recipe? Great for kids and grown-ups alike!
Cooking time approx 40 minutes. Prep time depends how creative you’re feeling!
For the Meat Hands:
950g of Extra lean minced beef
2 Medium eggs
2 Medium sized onions
5 Small/Medium Carrots
1 Clove of garlic
1 Tablespoon of chopped fresh or dried sage leaves
1 Heaped tablespoon of tomato puree
½ Teaspoon of paprika
1 Tablespoon of mustard
1 Teaspoon of lazy red chillies (add more if you like it hot!)
Salt & Pepper
Mature cheddar slices
For the mash:
Enough potatoes to make mash for 5 people.
You will also need:
A large baking tray with an edge at least half an inch high to hold the juices.
Olive oil to grease the tray.
Food processor for the carrots and onions.
Put the oven on to pre-heat. 180º. Rinse, peel and chop the carrots into small round pieces. Put the carrots in the food processor and blend until very finely chopped. Add to a large mixing bowl.
Take the onions, peel off the skin. Remove the outer layer of one of the onions and set aside – this will be used to make the fingernails. Next carefully cut a “wrist bone” from the centre of each onion and set aside. Peel and chop the remaining onion and then blend until smooth. Add this to the mixing bowl with the carrots.
Crush the garlic in a press and add to the bowl, followed by the paprika, mustard, sage, chillies, tomato puree, salt and pepper. Whisk the 2 eggs in another bowl and then add to the main mix. Stir everything in thoroughly together. At this point it will be looking disgusting and that’s what you want!
Add the mince to the bowl. Then get your hands (clean ones!!) in there and squash it all together. Once thoroughly mixed and of a smooth consistency, grease the baking tray with olive oil and place the mix on the tray. Divide into two even sized lumps. Now get creative and mould the mix into two hands.
Take the onion you set aside and a pair of scissors (we found this much easier than a knife) cut out the finger nails for each hand. Press the nails on and make sure the base of the nails are pushed slightly into the mixture for a more realistic look. Take the two wrist-bones and insert them into the wrist of each hand.
Use your fingers and spread ketchup all over the hands. Now they should be starting to look really gory! Cover with foil in a dome shape over the tray – so the foil doesn’t touch the hands and place in the over for 30 minutes on the middle shelf.
Rinse, peel and chop the potatoes, place in a pan to boil for about 25 minutes (so 5 mins before the hands are due to come out). Drain, add a splash of milk and a good knob of butter, mash and then fluff up with a fork. Put the lid on the pan to keep the heat in.
Switch the oven to the grill setting at 200º. Remove the tray and place on a heatproof surface. Take off the foil and using scissors trim the cheese slices to cover the top of each finger and the back of the hand. Place in the grill to crisp up the cheese so it looks like skin! As soon as the cheese is browned turn the oven off (our cheese didn’t brown very well because we added it at the beginning – it melted off and another bit added right at the end that didn’t have time to brown).
Time to cheat a little bit, boil the kettle and mix up the instant gravy.
Using a spatula spread a bed of mash on two serving plates. Remove the hands from the oven. Use a fish slice to lift each hand onto a chopping board. Trim out any excess between the fingers. Then press each hand lightly into the bed of mash and serve.
Comment on how awful the food looks!!