Thursday, October 17 2013, 03:10 PM MDT
Scary Rats Nest
As Aired on October 16, 2013
Recipe courtesy of Leslie Smoot from Real Foods Market
Glazed Ham Balls:
18 oz. ham, ground (recommended: Beelers) *see tip below
1 lb. sausage (recommended: Beeler's)
½ lb. grass-fed ground beef
2/3 cup coconut flour
Milk to moisten as needed
10 spaghetti noodles for garnish (wheat or rice noodles work)
Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Use ½ cup to measure each portion. Shape each ball into rat shaped body (like a waterdrop), lay flat on baking dish. Place ½ spaghetti noodle for tail in the "bottom" part of the rat.
1 ½ cup ketchup
1 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
½ cup honey
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
Mix sauce in a bowl and pour over uncooked meatballs.
Bake the meatballs uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Boursin Mashed Potatoes:
4-6 large red potatoes, cut into chunks
3 oz. soft herbed cheese (recommended: Boursin)
½ stick butter, room temperature
½ tsp. Real Salt
Boil the potatoes until they are tender. Drain, then mash the potatoes. Using a beater, add ½ stick butter and Boursin cheese. Add salt to taste. Mix well and serve.
Rat's in a nest assembly
½ cup small carrot rounds
½ cup green peas
5 pieces spaghetti
Place the mashed potatoes on a serving platter and spread out. Carefully place the ham balls on top of the mashed potatoes; making sure the "tail" is in place. Spoon red sauce from the baking dish on top of "rats". Place carrots near the pointy end as "ears". Just beneath "ears", place peas as the "eyes". Break spaghetti noodles into 2" pieces and place 4 "whiskers" on each mouse. Place raisin as the "nose". Invite everyone to dinner and listen to them squeal (the dinner guests that is).
Simply chop ham and place in a high-speed blender to make ground ham. You can also use a food processor.
This is a gluten free recipe when you use coconut flour. You can substitute with breadcrumbs and 2 T. sugar to achieve the same texture/flavor if you don't have coconut flour on hand.