There’s nothing worse than finding a dead hand in your mashed potatoes.
Appetizing, huh? Last year Meagan Reardon of the Not Martha blog shared this hideous creation. I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to have my own hand this year. She used a plastic hand mold to create it but I figured I could mold a hand easily enough.
What’s your favorite thing about making meatloaf? Is it when you get to do this?
I first made a meatloaf base so the fingers could rest on top of it and not overcook. Then I added more meat and sculpted a hand on top of the base, starting with the wrist and working my way over to the fingers, trying to make something resembling a hand. Once I had a decent hand, I added cut onion pieces as the nails and an onion end as the bone protruding through the wrist. Next I brushed ketchup over the whole thing. I was cracking myself up throughout this whole process. I had to kick a curious Jim out of the kitchen a few times as I made this so I could surprise him with this special Sunday dinner.
I cut up slices of provolone cheese to fit the tops of the fingers and hand. Ready for the oven! I baked it at the regular temperature for my meatloaf recipe (375) but it only took about 60-65 minutes instead of 80. Once it came out I had to drain off all the fat and other gunky stuff. Our dog likes that on his food — no waste!
As the meatloaf was baking, I made mashed potatoes. When the meatloaf and the potatoes were done, I spooned some potatoes into a plastic bag and cut a hole in one of the corners — all my pastry bags are in a box somewhere in storage, but this method works well. I carefully piped potatoes to fill the bottom of the pan and around the fingers, then I smoothed them down with a spatula. I wanted to hide the meatloaf base that connects the fingers so they stood out a bit.
It looks pretty hideous. I especially like the ketchup oozing from in between two of the fingers and out of the thumb nail base. The Hand has been on my mind for a few weeks and I’m very pleased with how ugly it turned out. How often do you say that about dinner? Now, time to use up one of the other ingredients.