Over at the Judge’s Guild website they have a recipe for Rat on a stick, <update: link broken, but here’s an archived version of the original> a delicacy offered by one of the few fast food franchises available to Tunnels & Trolls players. Just the thing for my mom’s annual Halloween party!
I had to adapt the recipe (being vegetarian and all) but I think it will work. They smell great; I can’t wait to try one tonight. My version substitutes “Gimme Lean” veggie sausage for the beef, Italian style bread crumbs for the cracker crumbs, and pizza sauce for the BBQ sauce & honey. I also went with string cheese because 1/2 a stick is the perfect size, and goes with the Italian-American style ingredients. I basically doubled the recipe, using 2 rolls of sausage, 1 cup bread crumbs, and 12 pieces of string cheese (cut in half). A jar of pizza sauce of more than enough, and next time I won’t coat the bottoms of the rats!
So, the revised recipe would be:
1 log of “Gimme Lean” ground veggie sausage (the package says it is equivalent to 1 lb. cooked meat)
1/2 c. bread crumbs
6 sticks of string cheese
1 small jar or can of pizza sauce
12 wooden skewers
12 pieces of spaghetti
red food coloring
rosemary or thyme for whiskers
green or black food coloring for eyes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees; mix sausage and crumbs with 1 beaten egg; cut cheese sticks in half and skewer on sticks; divide sausage/bread crumb mixture into 12 pieces; mold it over the cheese in a cone shape; boil 2-4 c. water in a pan with red food coloring, and dip in one end of the spaghetti, until it softens, and when the dipped end is fully cooked, break off most of the uncooked end, leaving a bit to stick into the rat’s asses, and drape the tail over the stick; brush with pizza sauce, stick in whiskers and dot with food coloring for eyes. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes or so (keep an eye on it; ovens vary). I doubled the above recipe for the party.