Rat on a stick!

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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update: link broken, but here’s an archived version of the original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!

DSC03178Bread crumbs & “sausage”

DSC03179Cheese

DSC03180Riley helps mix up the eggs

DSC03182The rat shape coating the cheese…

DSC03183Coated with sauce (in retrospect I’d do this after adding tails next time)

DSC03184Boiling one end of the spaghetti in water with food coloring.

DSC03185With tails; my wife added food coloring eyes and rosemary whiskers.

DSC03186Ready for the oven. Yumtious!

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

1 egg

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.

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  1. This is great … the rosemary really does the trick.

  2. Looks great – much better than my own recent attempt, and Gimme Lean is good stuff!

  3. I absolutely love the idea of putting them on a stick. I found a recipe leaving them by themselves, discussing how difficult it is to allow guests to get their own unless they’re already on their own separate plates. This is great and I appreciate that you posted this here!

  4. […] a year ago, I posted my vegetarian Rat on a Stick recipe.  Delicious to eat and disgusting to look […]

  5. […] ground beef” Gimme Lean, cheese cracker crumbs, colby cheese, and BBQ sauce rather than my Italian-American version — and it occurred to me that these are really not rat-sized at all, but mouse-sized.   […]

  6. […] spices added.  But first I reserved a couple dozen beans for rat eyes.  Otherwise just follow the usual recipe.  The white eyes worked […]

  7. […] zur Verwirklichung der zwergischen Spezialität „Ratte am Spieß“ habe ich mir aber hier geholt. Und noch eine Idee: Wenn man zu Fetakäse im Innern greift, hat man Bifteki-Ratte am […]

  8. […] La imagen es de una estupenda receta para hacerle a los niños una especie de pincho de rata (¡ojo!, receta vegetariana y en inglés… y no, no hay rata como ingrediente), la receta en Swords & Dorkery. […]

  9. […] ’tis the weekend before Samhain (/sa-ween/)  or Halloween again and there is a party and rats on a stick. This year I varied the recipe again, using a can each of cannelloni, navy beans, and red kidney […]


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