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Beetlejuice-inspired Breadstick Hand with Meatball Eyeballs

October 27, 2020 | Updated October 2, 2021 | Jump to Recipe

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These hands are creepy, fun, and super delicious! My inspiration came from the movie, Beetlejuice, when Adam has eyeballs on each of his fingers. The hand is made from a breadstick dough. The meatballs are covered in a white sauce and topped with a sliced black olive to look like eyeballs. These are sure to be a hit on Halloween!

Halloween Beetlejuice Eyeball Hand


This Beetlejuice breadstick hand with meatball eyes is a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches a scary movie, Halloween movie, or a fun spooky activity. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires!



I love the movie Beetlejuice so when I set out on the Halloween Recipe Challenge, I knew that I wanted to create something from the movie. One scene that has really stuck with me my whole life is when Adam has eyeballs on each on of his fingers. So silly but, as a child, a little freaky. My first breadstick hand was a complete fail, but then I got it down! I made some simple meatballs that would serve as the eyeballs. I whipped up Julia Child's white sauce to coat the meatballs and topped them with sliced black olives. These hands turned out to be very tasty, fun, and captured the freakiness of that scene from Beetlejuice perfectly! A perfect Halloween treat!

If you like this Halloween recipe, check out the other recipes I created during my four days of Halloween! I first made these Spooky Spider Pizza Rolls which are filled with all the delicious pizza toppings, pricked with green bell pepper legs, and topped with olives for eyes. They make for a very fun Halloween treat for kids and adults! Another recipe I made was these creepy Halloween roaches. Not actual roaches even though they turned out pretty realistic! They are goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto. I also made these adorable Halloween Pumpkin Hand Pies. They are so cute and topped with my browned butter cinnamon glaze!


Warm water: About 110°F (43°C) to activate the yeast.

Yeast: We'll use active dry yeast for this recipe.

Honey: Adds great flavor to the dough. Honey can also create a golden crust!

Olive oil: Adds flavor and makes dough soft.

Flour: I use all-purpose flour for these breadstick hands.

Seasonings: salt, garlic powder, & Italian seasoning

Ground Pork + Beef: While you can just use one type of meat for these meatballs, I prefer the flavor when both pork and beef are combined in a 50:50 ratio.

Breadcrumbs + Milk + Egg: Breadcrumbs and egg act as binding agents keep the meatballs' shape. They also add moisture to the meatballs and prevent the meatballs from shrinking too much during the cooking process.

Flavorings for meatballs: Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, & pepper

Oil: For frying the meatballs, I use vegetable oil.

Béchamel sauce: Consists of butter, flour, milk, salt, & white pepper

Black olives: We'll be using sliced black olives so they look like pupils!

Halloween Beetlejuice Recipe


Let's talk about the breadstick hands! The dough is a very basic breadstick dough. It starts by activating yeast in warm water and honey. Your yeast should get frothy after about 5 minutes. If it doesn't then your yeast is probably dead, and you will need to start over with new yeast. Next, olive oil, flour, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning are added and mixed until well blended. The dough is kneaded about 4-6 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Breadstick Dough

The dough is then placed in a oiled bowl, covered, and placed in a warm spot for about an hour or until it doubles in size.

Breadstick Yeast Dough

After it has risen, punch the dough done and split it in two. I start by shaping the dough into a palm-like shape.

Halloween Breadstick

Next, start shaping out the fingers by pushing out the dough.

Breadstick Shaping Hand

Keep rolling out the fingers until they are long and the appropriate size.

Breadstick Hand

Next, make foil tents to place under the fingers so the hand looks like it is gripping something and won't be completely flat. Start with a piece of foil shaped like below.

Foil Tent

Now, fold the foil in half long-wise.

Foil Tent

Start to roll the foil and shape so it will lift up the fingers like below. Place hand on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and place foil tents underneath the fingers.

Halloween Hand

Bake the breadstick hand in a 400°F oven, and bake for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, remove the breadstick hand and pinch the tips of the fingers. This will make putting on the meatballs so much easier.

Spooky Hand Halloween Recipe

Put the breadstick hand back into the oven and continue baking for 12-15 minutes until the dough is lightly browned.

For the meatballs, pour milk over breadcrumbs and set aside. In a large bowl, combine pork, beef, egg, Worcestershire, seasonings, and breadcrumb mixture. Do not overwork the mixture. Now form the meatball mixture into 1 1/2 inch meatballs.

Beetlejuice Halloween Recipe

In a skillet, pour a thin layer of oil and place over medium heat. Once heated, set meatballs in the oil (don't allow any meatballs to touch each other- you may need to do more than one batch!). Cook meatballs 10-15 minutes, flipping once or twice for even cooking. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.

For the white sauce (béchamel), heat milk in a small saucepan to a boil. In another saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Whisk in flour, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and pour in boiling milk slowly while whisking. Once combined, put on medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in white pepper and salt.

Bechamel Sauce Recipe

Time to assemble! Cut a small slit in each of the meatballs (this is where they will go onto each finger). Cover meatballs in white sauce, and put on the ends of fingers. Lastly, place a sliced black olive on each meatball!


Drunken Shrimp Cocktail; To stay with the Beetlejuice theme make this delicious drunken shrimp cocktail. It's inspired by the scene where they are all singing Day-O!

• Marinara; Both the meatballs and the bread taste great dipped in some marinara sauce!

Halloween Recipe Ideas


What is a panade?
A panade is a mixture of starch (breadcrumbs) and liquid (milk) that is added to ground meat. The milk is absorbed by the starch in the breadcrumbs which creates a paste. This paste will then go on and coat the proteins in the meat and gel when heated. This prevents the proteins from linking together too closely and prevents all that delicious moisture from escaping. This leaves you with a juicy plump meatball!

What is béchamel?
Béchamel sauce is also known as white sauce. It is actually one of the French mother sauces. It's commonly used in cheese sauce, mac & cheese, gravy, casseroles, and soufflés. It brings creaminess to any dish. It consists of making a roux (flour + butter) and then adding in warmed milk. The key to a perfect béchamel is whisking constantly because the sauce can burn quickly. Lastly, I like to add in white pepper and salt.

How do I prevent meatballs from falling apart or shrinking?
Using a panade is a good start. Also, it's important not to overwork the meatballs when forming them because you can lose the tenderness.Mix just until everything is combined. Don't pack the meatballs together too tightly. This will leave you with tough and chewy meatballs. Be gentle when forming them! Lastly, make sure the meatballs are all about 1 1/2 inches to ensure even cooking.

For this recipe:

If you want to watch my video of me making my Beetlejuice Breadstick Hands with Meatball Eyeballs for the first time- click the video below!

Halloween Beetlejuice Recipe

Beetlejuice-inspired Breadstick Hand with Meatball Eyes

These hands are creepy, fun, and super delicious! My inspiration came from the movie, Beetlejuice, when Adam has eyeballs on each of his fingers. The hand is made from a breadstick dough. The meatballs are covered in a white sauce and topped with a sliced black olive to look like eyeballs. These are sure to be a hit on Halloween!

By Laura Bullock | Laura The Gastronaut

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Resting Time: 1 hour | Cook Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 2 Hands + Extra Meatball Eyeballs


For the Breadstick Hands:

• 3/4 cup (180 mL) water, warmed to 110°F (43°C)
• 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
• 1 teaspoon honey, or sugar
• 2 Tablespoons olive oil
• 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

For the Meatballs:

• 1/2 cup (60 grams) breadcrumbs
• 1/4 cup (60 mL) milk
• 1/2 lb ground pork
• 1/2 lb ground beef
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
• 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Oil, for frying

For the Sauce:

• 1 cup (240 mL) milk
• 1 Tablespoon butter
• 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
Salt & white pepper, to taste

For the Decoration:

Sliced black olives


1. Make the dough: Stir yeast and honey into warm water in a large bowl. Let rest for 5 minutes or until frothy. If your yeast does not get frothy, start over with new yeast.
2. Add olive oil into the bowl of yeast.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
4. Add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined.
5. Knead the dough: Place dough on a well floured surface, and knead for about 4-6 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. See Notes below for electric mixer instructions*.
6. Rise the dough: Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, roll dough around in bowl to coat all over with oil, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and place in a warm spot for 45 minutes to an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
7. Preheat oven to 400°F.
8. Form the hand: Punch down dough and place on a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two parts. Shape out the dough to a palm-like shape, and slowly work it out to make 5 fingers. See the pictures above for guidance. Using foil, make stands to rest the dough fingers on while they bake so you get a grip-like look (pictures above). Repeat the hand-making process with the other part of the dough.
9. Bake the hand: Place the dough hand on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Put the foil stands underneath the fingers so the fingers drape over the foil. After the bread has been in the oven for 6 minutes, take out and pinch the ends of all the fingers. This step is important has it allows the meatballs to go onto the fingers. Continue baking for an additional 12-14 minutes until the hand is lightly browned.
10. Make the meatballs: Combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a bowl and set aside.
11. In a separate bowl, mix together the pork, beef, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper with your hands or wooden spoon. Add in the breadcrumb mixture and combine.
12. Form the meat into about 1 1/2 inch balls. You will have more meatballs than fingers*.
13. Heat a small layer of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the meatballs in batches so the pan is not crowded. Cook about 10-15 minutes, flipping once or twice until the meatballs are cooked through. Once done cooking, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
14. Make the white sauce: In a small saucepan, heat the milk to a boil. Keep a close eye on it so it does not scorch or boil over.
15. Meanwhile, in another small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Once melted, blend in the flour, and cook for a couple minutes.
16. Remove flour mixture from heat, and pour in the boiling milk. Beat vigorously with a whisk until well blended.
17. Set saucepan over moderate-high heat, and stir continuously until boiling. Boil for 1 minute, while stirring.
18. Remove from heat, and stir in white pepper and salt.
19. Complete the eyeball hand: Cover the meatballs with the white sauce, and gently make one slit into 10 meatballs with a small knife. Carefully push a meatball onto each finger of the hands. Top each meatball with a slice of black olive.



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Category: Halloween, Appetizers & Snacks Cuisine: American

Keywords: halloween recipe, breadstick, meatballs, beetlejuice recipe



Electric Mixer: You can also use an electric mixer to make the breadstick dough. Use the electric mixer's bowl as your large bowl in step 1. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using the dough hook on low speed until it all comes together. Knead with the dough hook on medium-low speed for 4-6 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. You may have to add more flour so the dough is not too sticky.

Extra Meatballs: Since you will have more meatballs than fingers, you can make them into eyeballs as well and display them in a bowl or surround the breadstick hands with them.


Bon appétit!!

October 27, 2020 [Updated October 2, 2021] by Laura Bullock

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