Halloween Recipe: Severed Hand Meatloaf

Oh Halloween, how I love you.  It is not many times of the year you can make dishes like severed hand meatloaf and appear normal… and not like some cannibalistic whack job.  I recently saw a picture of this floating around, and I was reminded of happy times when it was quite safe to trick-or-treat, and meatloaf was a staple in many households.  My aunt used to make this years ago, back in the ’80s, so I thought I might add a little twist.

Above is the traditional severed hand meatloaf, and below, a pair of hands breaking the surface of the ground as some poor soul tries to claw his way out of a grave.  I had my two-year-old help me make the meatloaf, and was inspired to “healthy” it up a little, so I make a broccoli cheddar mash for the ground, giving the feeling of grass. I used a piece of toast for the tombstone, and an onion center for the flowers left by a loved one.  To give the hands a bit of curl, I formed them around a large carrot.  All told, this was surprisingly easy to make and very quick!

Somewhat Healthy Severed Hand Meatloaf


  • 1 pound pork
  • 2/3 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 4 tbsp catchup
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1-2 eggs.  You want it to bind, but not be too wet
  • Italian spice
  • Montreal steak spice
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  You may need to adjust a few things to get the right amount of moisture.  Too much and it falls apart, too little and it won’t stick together!
  2. Form the meat on a baking sheet in the shape of a hand.  If you are doing two hands… ensure you make a left and a right hand…
  3. Use slices of onion for the fingernails.  Take the center of the onion and use it for the wrist bone.
  4. If you choose to do the hands coming out of a grave, form the meat around carrots.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.
  6. Add cheese and continue to bake for “skin”.

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