Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef

  2. 1/2 cup uncooked long grain white rice

  3. 1/2 medium onion , finely chopped

  4. 1 egg , beaten

  5. 1 pinch black pepper

  6. uncooked spaghetti , broken into quarters

  7. thinly sliced raw carrot

  8. black peppercorns , cooked black beans

  9. 1 (19 ounce) can ground tomatoes

  10. 1 1/2 cups water

  11. 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  12. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  13. 1 teaspoon salt

  14. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, rice, onion, egg and 1 teaspoons (5 mL) of the salt. Mix well.

  2. Now make the rats. Using a measuring cup, scoop out 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the ground beef mixture. Form it, by hand, into a firmly packed teardrop shape — pointy on one end, rounded on the other. This is your basic rat. Place it into a 3-quart (3 liter) shallow baking dish and gently pinch in the neck area. Poke a piece of uncooked spaghetti into the larger rounded end as a tail. Repeat with the remaining ground beef mixture.

  3. When all the rats are neatly placed in the baking dish, stir together the tomatoes, water, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, remaining 1 teaspoons (5 mL) of salt and 1/4 teaspoons (1 mL) pepper. Pour over the rats. Cover the dish with foil wrap (or a lid, if it has one) and bake at 350° F (180° C) for 45 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake for another 45 to 50 minutes, basting occasionally with sauce, or until the rice is tender and the rats are fully cooked.

  4. Gently remove rats, one at a time, from the sauce and place gently on a serving platter. (Take care not to damage the tails — they’re fairly delicate.) Into each rat, insert two carrot slices as ears, peppercorns (or whatever) for eyes, and a few more broken strands of uncooked spaghetti for whiskers. Spoon sauce around the rats and serve, smiling wickedly.


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