Maggots on Meat for Halloween!

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 27, 2013

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Four days before Halloween, and we’re deep into the gore here in the ShockD kitchen. Vampire guts, snake brains, maggot droppings, bug juice…gulp. Are you still with me?

Ah, you might be with me, but are you hungry? How about something to turn your stomach AND delight your kids and/or Halloween guests?

Today I bring you Maggots on Meat. It makes a lovely pre-Trick-or-Treating appetizer, if you can stomach the title. But I say go for it…name it with a big sign, loud and proud. Revel in the revolting. Discuss your disgust.

Maggots on Meat for Halloween on the blog Shockingly DeliciousI found the idea for this over on the lovely blog Oh! You Cook, by Dena — a librarian by day, recipe blogger by night — whose motto is “proving kosher and delicious are NOT mutually exclusive.”

Maggots on Meat for Halloween on the blog Shockingly DeliciousShe was very restrained and civilized when she named it last summer, calling it “Lime & Coconut-Kissed Watermelon Bites.”  Bah, I thought, when I was exploring her blog as my Secret Recipe Club assignment. Hooey…that looks perfect for Halloween. Let’s spice up the name! Let’s churn some stomachs!

Maggots on Meat for Halloween on the blog Shockingly Delicious‘Tis the season!

Recipe: Maggots on Meat

Summary: Slimy white maggots cavort on chunks of meaty flesh in this disgusting Halloween appetizer sure to gross out your guests in the best way!


  • 1 small (around 2-3 lbs) seedless watermelon
  • 1 lime, juiced (about a tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon Heilala Vanilla Syrup
  • 1/4 cup or more sweetened coconut


  1. Cut watermelon into 1-inch thick slices and remove rind. Cut watermelon flesh into ½-inch squares or diamonds (if you feel fancy) or 1-inch squares. Alternately, you could tear or break the watermelon into chunks for a more rustic and possibly gross effect.
  2. Put lime juice and vanilla syrup in a small bowl. Put coconut in a small bowl.
  3. Pat watermelon pieces dry with paper towels. Dip each piece quickly into lime-vanilla juice. Allow excess juice to drip off, and then roll in coconut to cover. Don’t worry if coconut doesn’t stick well; you can gently press it to adhere. Remember, you’re going for overall gross effect here.
  4. Place maggoty meat pieces on a funky serving platter, stick a toothpick in each one, and let sit for 15-30 minutes to allow excess moisture to escape onto plate. Use a paper towel to sop up any excess moisture if you like. Refrigerate.
  5. Make a placard or sign to inform guests just what this is, and serve with an evil smirk.
  6. Serves 25+ people, depending on how many chunks of meat you get from the watermelon.Maggots on Meat for Halloween on the blog Shockingly Delicious


Inspired by and adapted from “Lime & Coconut-Kissed Watermelon Bites.”

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Preparation time: 30 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian, vegan
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 25+
Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Thanks, Dena, for a fun — if repurposed — appetizer! I have bookmarked a few of your other recipes to try when I am not so obsessed with Halloween, specifically your Sun-Dried Tomato, Feta & Farro Salad, your easy Eggplant in Hoisin Sauce and your divine looking Almond Apple Cake.

Join us in the Secret Recipe Club this month for some delicious eats, from Dena’s blog and many others!

You can see what other cooks in the Secret Recipe Club made this month, right below here in the array of photos. Click any of them to be transported to that particular recipe!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Marla Meridith October 27, 2015 at 11:51 am

Awesomely scary treats Dorothy!!!


Dorothy Reinhold October 28, 2015 at 11:39 am

thanks Marla!


kirstin November 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

Yum…I think…lol! What a fun choice


Rebekah @ Making Miracles November 1, 2013 at 7:36 am

What a GREAT SRC pick – perfect timing!! 😀


Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere October 30, 2013 at 6:30 am

EWW! (In the most complementary way possible 🙂 ) Just the word maggot makes me cringe, but this is such a fun idea. I bet it’s super tasty!


Dorothy Reinhold November 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

I know…”maggot” gives you the shivers, doesn’t it?


nicole @ I am a Honey Bee October 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

ooo great pick for SRC this month! Spooky!!


SallyBR October 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

Creepy creepy creepy! I love it!!!!!

Great choice, hope you will have a wonderful Halloween in a couple of days…


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes October 29, 2013 at 4:35 am

You turned a simple cube of watermelon into an awesome halloween snack! Well not so simple I imagine, with the lime and coconut flavor! I really love this Dorothy.


Dorothy Reinhold November 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thanks, Paula! It was very refreshing and funny to contemplate!


Cheryl King October 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Looks like so much fun! Have a great Halloween!


Melissa October 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

What a clever title! These little apps look delicious!


Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines October 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Perfect choice for SRC!! Have a great Halloween:)


Tara October 28, 2013 at 6:52 am

Haha, nice title! Very catching, especially with children.


JJ @ 84thand3rd October 28, 2013 at 5:44 am

Heehee what a gruesome twist on such an innocent snack ;D Good pick and Happy Halloween!


dena @ohyoucook October 28, 2013 at 3:36 am

Ick! I mean … just like the right music can affect the mood of a movie scene, amazing how a simple name change can affect a food.


Dorothy Reinhold October 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

I know, right?


SeattleDee October 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I’m still cracking up over the title of this dish, but it sounds so tasty when I consider the flavors and mentally relabel it M&M.


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