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Bloody Eyeballs with a Side of Worms

Bloody Eyeballs with a Side of Worms

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With Halloween upon us, we figured we should share one of our spookiest meals.  Okay, it may be our only spooky meal, but it is really fun to serve this to the littles when they come to visit.  Who doesn’t love a big bowl of bloody eyeballs with a side of worms?  While this recipe looks rather frightening, it is a crowd pleaser recipe for young and old ghouls.

Bloody Eyeballs with a Side of Worms


I developed this recipe for Bloody Eyeballs with a Side of Worms for a client, a few years ago, and we still enjoy serving it to unexpected guests.  It is a fun recipe that you can even get the kids involved with making.  

I took our favorite meatball recipe which is made with a combination of ground beef and pork.  I added an olive to create the eery eyeball.  The blood is a reduction of tomatoes, a little red wine (don’t worry the alcohol burns off and you will not have tipsy kids) to add depth to the color and some balsamic to add a bit of sweetness.  The slippery worms are freshly cooked pasta that has been tossed with a little olive oil.  Don’t forget to serve with a side of monster brains.


Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Bloody Eyeballs with a Side of Worms

Bloody Eyeballs with a Side of Worms

This fun halloween recipe for bloody eyeballs with a side of worms will have even your pickiest eaters laughing with delight while enjoying every bite.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Eyeballs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • ½ cup panko
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • 12 pitted olives, cut in half
  • Blood
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced thinly
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Worms
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • kosher salt
  • olive oil



    Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.

    Shape into small meatballs. In the center of each, make a small indention and gently press one half of an olive. Roll in your hands to slightly press the olive into the center. Set aside.

    Continue with the rest of the meatball mixture.


    In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the garlic, stir and cook until soft; about 3 minutes.

    Add the tomatoes and red wine, stir and bring to a low boil, over medium heat. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.

    Remove from the heat. Add the balsamic vinegar, and stir. Let cool for 15 minutes.

    Process in a food processor or blender until smooth, about 2 minutes.

    Return to the saucepan and gently reheat for 5 minutes over low heat.

    Heat oven to 350.

    In a shallow baking dish, pour the blood evenly over the bottom.

    Gently layer the eyeballs into the dish.

    Bake for 30 minutes.


    In a large saucepan add water and the salt. Bring to a boil.

    Cook pasta according to directions.

    Drain well. Toss the pasta with a drizzle of olive oil.

    To serve

    On a plate add a serving of pasta.

    Top with a couple eyeballs and a splash of blood.




The meat mixture makes 24 small meatballs.

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Tuesday 5th of November 2013

I am going to try this just for fun. My grand kids will love it.


Tuesday 5th of November 2013

I bet they love it! Have fun. :)

Christy @ My Invisible Crown

Saturday 2nd of November 2013

This is super cute! At a quick glance they actually looked quite real!!!

Nutmeg Nanny

Thursday 31st of October 2013

This looks incredibly tasty with just the perfect touch of spooky!


Wednesday 30th of October 2013

ha ha ha ha I got this post in my inbox without photos and came right over to check them eyes out! Wow hysterical and kinda scary! But fabulous for a Halloween party - for kids big and small! And yummy (can I say that?). Love!!!

movita beaucoup

Wednesday 30th of October 2013

This is totally sick.

And I mean that in the nicest of ways.

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