Around here, Halloween is not just a one-day holiday. We start celebrating in the middle of October and add lots of spooky and silly elements to our meals. School lunches are embellished with plastic teeth and candy eyeballs and dinners can contain all sorts of surprises. For this Sunday Supper, I am making the kids pasta with meatball “eyeballs” and I know they are going to love it! What’s great about this version, from Rachael Ray, is that it is super easy and you could definitely make the eyeballs with store-bought meatballs if you don’t have time to make them from scratch. Also, if you don’t have a sweet potato, just use a sauce you love and omit the sweet potato. It will still be deliciously scary!
(image and recipe from Rachael Ray)
1lb lean ground beef
½ carrot, grated
1 celery stick, grated
½ onion, finely chopped
¼ cup breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
5 Slices of cheese
Pitted olives, cut in to slices across the profile
12-ounce jar of marinara sauce
½ a sweet potato, cooked and mashed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the meatball mixture and form 15 round balls. Sauté until cooked through on a frying pan.
Cut cheese slices in to 4 squares. Lay a piece on one side of the meatball.
Place on a sheetpan and in the oven for approximately 3 minutes until the cheese has lightly melted over.
Remove from oven and stick the sliced olive on the center of the square.
Heat the marinara sauce with the sweet potato and combine with boiled pasta. Lay the meatballs over the top.