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Zombie Head Cheese

Zombie Head Cheese

I made you something for Halloween. You can serve it a party. Or maybe make it as a snack for your viewing party of The Walking Dead.

Zombie Head Cheese

These are both made of soft cheese spread on a plastic skull. Easy. Creepy. Delicious. That is, if you can get people to dig in.

Version 1

Zombie Head Cheese

You know that old trick of unwrapping a block of cream cheese and topping it with soy sauce and some sesame seeds? Yum right? I added some food coloring and a life sized plastic skull and called it Halloween worthy.

(This is version #1, a slightly easier version is just below.)

Zombie Head Cheese

First get a life sized plastic skull (wash it really well), some soy sauce, one 12 ounce tub of cream cheese spread and some food coloring. Tint the cream cheese to a fleshy color, I used about 15 drops of red and 10 drops of yellow here.

I found a plastic skull like this one at a local party supplies store, but I really wish I’d managed to find a plastic skull where the top of the head is removable. Something really frightening could be made with that. Spinach dip brains anybody?

Zombie Head Cheese

Then add just one drop of blue food coloring and stir only a few times until the blue appears streaky. Less is more here, it will further streak as you spread it. Now, frost your skull like a cake. Start with the tricky bits around the face first. If you can’t hold the crown of the head to stabilize the skull it makes it much more complicated. Try to keep the teeth clean.

Zombie Head Cheese

A detail of the blue-streaked cream cheese.

Zombie Head Cheese

I used a small flexible spatula to spread this. There is no need to be tidy here, the messier the grossier. Grosser? Grossest? You know what I mean.

You can also stick a few rectangles of parchment paper surrounding the head so you can be a bit messy while frosting and then pull them out after you are done, a trick I learned about frosting cakes. If you can putting the head on a smaller plate on top of a larger plate will be useful to catch the fake blood, and it will be easy to artfully arrange the crackers. Saltines are the traditional cracker for this but these more artisanal crackers I found looked like creepy bandages and still have that bland and salty taste you want. You can frost your head a few hours early and refrigerate. It’s amusing to sit nearby and observe as unsuspecting people open the fridge.

Zombie Head Cheese

Cocktail onions create nice dead eyes.

Zombie Head Cheese

Just before serving mix a bit of soy sauce with some drops of red food coloring and drizzle it over the head so that is streams down. I used a pipette but if you don’t have one handy a small measuring cup with a pour spout or a carefully wielded spoon will work just as well. If you can get the soy sauce to pool around the onion eyes, it looks extra creepy that way. Also sprinkle on some bugs, I mean, toasted sesame seeds.

Zombie Head Cheese

It’s even scarier after it’s been eaten. Yikes.

Version #2

Zombie Head Cheese

This is version #2, it’s slightly less involved. You just need spreadable cheese, cocktail onions and a plastic skull. Let’s face it, just about any pink or orange tinted spreadable cheese will look suitably disgusting.

Zombie Head Cheese

I used this cheese that has reddish port wine streaks in it. I didn’t manage to capture the reddish colors in these pictures as well as I hoped but I promise it was pretty gross looking.

Zombie Head Cheese

I’m smitten. What should I name it?

(See also: The Outtakes wherein I attempt to carve a tongue from Spam and am entirely too successful.)

· comments [59] · 10-26-2011 · categories:food · halloween ·

59 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Seanna Lea // Oct 26, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Wow. That does manage to be pretty disgusting looking. I approve!

  • 2 Jenny // Oct 26, 2011 at 5:50 am

    eeeewwwwwwww … yum. awesome.

  • 3 AnEmily // Oct 26, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Eeek! If you slap some ham slices on that head too, I’m going to throw up on my laptop.
    “Silence of the Lambs!”

  • 4 kat // Oct 26, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Oh my gosh, that is deliciously good!

  • 5 Starstryder // Oct 26, 2011 at 7:04 am

    hehe fantastic…he looks like a Lenny by the way :)

  • 6 gfrancie // Oct 26, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Name him Horace. That is truly fantastic.

  • 7 Marie // Oct 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

    No way!! That is crazy awesome!

  • 8 Cinnamon // Oct 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

    This is awesome! My patience waiting to see what you’ve come up with this year has been rewarded. Yay!

  • 9 Helen Jane // Oct 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Gloriously gross! Well done!

  • 10 Amy in StL // Oct 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I’ll bet this would work awesome with my favorite cream cheese appetizer which is a block of the stuff covered in half a bottle of chipotle raspberry marinade. When you mix the two instead of pouring the marinade over, it’s an awesome pink color.

  • 11 megan // Oct 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Thanks everybody! I love Halloween.

    Amy – That sounds perfect! And very delicious.

  • 12 Kathleen // Oct 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Oh Megan you’re brilliant! Love this idea as much as “meat hand” (that’s become a tradition in our house btw)

  • 13 Bonnie // Oct 26, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I too think this is as equally awesome as the meat hand! I will be ordering that mold for next year.

    He does look sort of like a Horace, or a Lector. Either way, he is awesome!

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  • 15 Kate S. // Oct 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Wow, that’s awesome . . . but I would never take a bite: )

  • 16 Kathy // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Too creepy to eat! What a fun centerpiece for your table though.

  • 17 Lindsey // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Well, this is just awesome. I think it would be perfect for the Walking Dead season finale!

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  • 19 Beth Ellen // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Fascinating and repellent at the same time! That’s Halloween!

  • 20 Carla // Oct 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Is that plastic skull food-grade? Plastics leach. I sure wish people would be more mindful when purchasing things like that, especially since it’s probably going to end up in your local landfill.

  • 21 Arthemise // Oct 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I’m concerned about the plastic being food safe too. It could make the cheese taste funny or, worse, be toxic. But I really want to make one!

  • 22 LauraJane // Oct 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    This is such an awesome idea. I love it!

  • 23 Annie // Oct 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    This is the most awesomely disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. Bravo!

  • 24 megan // Oct 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I’m listening to the concerns about food safety and I admit I do not know if the plastic skull I used is food safe. I’ll check with a chemist I know about the possible effects.

  • 25 jamieofalltrades // Oct 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Oh wow! That is creepy!

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  • 27 Magen Toole // Oct 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    What a great idea. Very cool and effective.

  • 28 Amanda // Oct 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    That looks even better decorated! Awesome!

  • 29 Colette // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I love you! I made the Meathand last year and it was disgusting. I modified it this year to become Meatfoot, it’s equally as gross. I would love to send you my Meathead photo – it is pretty rude, but made with jello & head cheese…I think you’d appreciate it.

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  • 31 Emmie // Oct 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

    OMG what kind of stores sell the skulls? I must make this for a party on Saturday!

  • 32 megan // Oct 27, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Colette – Oh yes, Meathead was one of the very first things I posted about on this blog, waaaay back. It’s delightful. Please do send the photo if you have a chance.

    Emmie – I found this one at a local party supplies store called Display&Costume. It’s a year round store. I didn’t find the sort of skull I wanted at the pop up Halloween stores or at the national chains. Good luck, I hope you find one!

  • 33 Bad Mama Genny // Oct 27, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Hysterically funny! He just looks so…joyful.

    This is just like my scarily realistic Flesh Face Meat Skull–mine could sit next to yours on a party table and provide a perfectly balanced, severed-heads-only meal!

    http://www.badmamagenny.com/2011/10/27/boo-mama-genny-the-flesh-face-meat-skull-or-well-hell-that-pretty-much-says-it-all/#axzz1bwGd1syH

  • 34 megan // Oct 27, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Bad Mama – Ooh, that is bar far the most horrifying meat wrapped skull I have ever seen, fantastic!

  • 35 Madame Fromage // Oct 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Gnarsty. I like the pearl onions. Makes me want a martini on the side.

  • 36 Jamie // Oct 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Well, if you read Jim Butcher’s books, you will know the only fitting name is Bob.

  • 37 Rachel Ann // Oct 28, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Omg, that’s totally creep, and yet so cool! And it’s edible! amazing

  • 38 Terry P. // Oct 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    That’s awesome, wish we would’ve thought of that when I was a kid, because I had one of those skulls to play with!

    I just hope everyone is smart enough to remembers step zero, wash the skull before you dress it.

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    Love it! Haven’t seen that cheese in a long time, but need to look for it. Probably won’t use it to cover a skull at this late date, but love it, too.

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  • 48 dovie // Sep 14, 2013 at 1:32 am

    you cld use beer cheese it has tiny bits of pimento in it. tht would look good with the sesame (bugs) too!!!

  • 49 crystal // Sep 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I reallllyyy wanna make this for my walking dead viewing party..but did you ever find out about the skull being safe?? Did you clean it before using and if so, how? :)

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