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Food & Drink
Puff pastry (I found it pre-made in the frozen section.)
Food coloring: red and blue (optional)
Wax paper (or a very clean counter and flour)
Filling [MY FILLING: Chocolate frosting & mini chocolate chips]
cut the puff pastry into even pieces and lay them out in a line on wax paper. Crack the egg open and scramble it a bit. Use the egg to “glue” the pieces together. I used my fingers, but it would probably be fine to use a utensil – maybe something silicone.
I used Pepperidge Farm’s puff pastry. It was perfect because it came folded which made sectioning it into equal pieces very easy.
Scoop the filling into the middle of the puff pastry. You want to make sure that you don’t put too much or too little. Too much, and it won’t seal correctly. Too little, and it will be a little gimpy or have a withered look. If you are using the exact same filling as I used, first glob on the chocolate frosting and sprinkle on the mini chocolate chips. Use more chips than I did in this picture. It’s what I will do differently next time.
Using the egg, lift the sides of the puff pastry crust and seal them together at the top by pinching. Make sure that it is sealed as best as possible or you could have leakage in your intestines when you transfer them to your baking dish.
Warning… The next part is the most difficult, but you can do it!
Carefully pick up the intestine, and slowly transfer it to your baking dish. If you have another person, it helps. I did it solo and found that it was easiest if I moved the intestines as little as possible by moving the baking dish instead.
As you transfer it, begin making it wind around and curve in true intestine style. Make sure the seal is on the bottom. You don’t want to be able to see it. Make it as curvy as possible, so it’s even more realistic looking! At the ends, have the last part bend downward. It looks amazing if a little of the chocolate inside is showing!
Side note: you can use any baking dish you’d like. I went to the dollar store and bought a pack of two entrée platters for just a dollar. I didn’t want to have to worry about taking it home with me, and I love the look it created! I’m thinking of using the other platter for brains…
Now comes the fun artsy part! Mix 8-10 drops of red food coloring with 1-2 drops of blue food coloring OR just use pure red. I added the blue because I think it looks even more blood-like. Paint on veins and arteries using a small tipped paintbrush. I painted in the creases first and then added blood all over. If you’re a perfectionist like me, this could be pretty time consuming. Try not to let that perfectionism take over. It’s kind of difficult to mess this up. It’s a bloody mess that you’re going for!
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
A fortunate accident! When I first removed my intestines from the oven, I was so disappointed because some of the chocolate frosting had seeped out. Then I realized that it made the intestines look even more disgusting. They appear to be in a pool of liquid poo! How revolting!
When I got to the party and removed the foil cover, my friends were shocked to say the least. Some of them weren’t actually daring enough to even taste them. I had so much fun with this little project. Hope you do too!