Meatloaf Skulls

Are you one of those people who like to make (or just eat) disgusting looking foods on Halloween?  The severed finger cookies and jello brain-molds? Normally, I’m a “cute” Halloween person.  I like making things that are cute, but not gross! On a recent trip to Williams-Sonoma (don’t you just LOVE that store?!?!) I saw this awesome Mini Skull Cakelet Pan by Nordic Ware. Well, somehow the pan followed me home. Things from Williams-Sonoma have a habit of doing that.  I’m not sure why…


I was not about to make simple skull shaped cupcakes. Anyone can do that! I had bigger plans for this pan. I was going all-out ghoulish!

When our kids were growing up, Halloween dinner was always mummys-in-a-coffin. You know what I mean, hot dogs baked inside crescent rolls, wrapped to look like mummies?  They were easy to make.  The kids loved them because they could be out the door and on their way to some serious trick-or-treating fairly quickly! Plus, let’s be honest, it was fun to bite the heads off the mummies, dip them in ketchup and pretend there was blood everywhere.  This year, our kids are grown and we won’t be trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a spook-tacular dinner! Here are my meatloaf skulls!



Gross, right?  Gross, but OH SO AWESOME!!!  I sent each of my children a text with pictures of the individual heads. It was great!  If you have tweens or teens or just want to do something fun for Halloween, this is the way to go!

I used our regular meatloaf recipe and added a cup of white rice to the mixture.  Why rice?  Because when you cut open the skulls, it looks like there are bugs inside.  Again, gross, but you know the kids would love it!


These pictures were taken straight out of the oven. The fat was still dripping down the sides and pooled in the eyeball sockets.  It really does make them look disgusting. They may look gross, but I promise they are delicious!  My kids would have loved these when they were little.  After seeing the pictures, my daughters boyfriend asked if I’d make him some for Halloween though, so even your “big kids” will love them!


Served over a bed of spaghetti noodles (worms) and a light sauce with big pieces of diced tomatoes (flesh and gore) you’ll have your own deliciously disgusting-looking Meatloaf Skulls for Halloween dinner!  Happy haunting!Meatloaf Skull



Meatloaf Skulls
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork sausage (I used Jimmy Dean)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 envelope Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup instant white rice
  • 1 TBLS minced parsley
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray Nordic Ware Mini Skull Cakelet Pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Combine all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl. (Let the kids help with this! Wash their hands really well and have them dig in with their fingers to mix everything together!)
  4. Fill each well of cakelet pan with a scant 1 cup of meatloaf mixture, pressing lightly to ensure the meat gets into all the molds crevices.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Let stand for 5 minutes before removing the skulls from the pan.
  7. Serve with either spaghetti noodles and your favorite tomato sauce or over mashed potatoes with brown gravy!
  8. Enjoy!
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  1. OMG these were SO GOOD!!! …and I love Williams-Sonoma. Things do follow you home from that place, and I have a feeling one of those pans will find it’s way home with me too! :-D

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