Igor's Entrails Recipe

Igor's Entrails Recipe
Looking for an absolutely disgusting dish to serve at your annual Halloween BOO-ffet? Igor's Entrails bring to mind lots of wet, slimy, long, stringy things (similar to what they used to make us put our hands in when going through haunted houses back in the day). The official definition of entrails, according to The Free Dictionary is: 1) The internal organs of a person or animal; intestines; guts or, 2) The internal organs, especially the intestines; viscera. I have never actually seen real entrails except a glimpse or two of them when fish were being gutted, but just the thought is totally repulsive. Entrails are gross enough that in the old television program, The Addams Family, entrails were a favorite dinner dish.
This version of Igor's Entrails is an adaptation of a Pad Thai recipe from my brother-in-law, Shawn Brown, who lived in Thailand for a couple of years. It contains long transparent rice noodles, as well as long pieces of zucchini, onions, and carrots (representing intestines), chopped peanuts, shrimp, and chicken (representing bits of the organs), and chopped tomatoes (representing slimy bloody bits). Honestly, can you think of anything more Halloweenish than that? While the dish is absolutely delicious (actually a favorite of the Official Hancock Tasters), it's perfect for serving to costumed guests who want to experience an out-of-the-ordinary Halloween BOO-ffet.

Incidentally, I don't really know anyone named Igor. The name always comes up in scary movies and at Halloween, and it sounds much better than Shawn's Entrails, so since we're pretending that this is a disgusting Halloween dish, we can also pretend that the recipe came from our good friend Igor.

8 Servings

1/2 pound rice noodles

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 pound zucchini, cut in very thin, long julienne strips
2 carrots, peeled and cut into very thin, long julienne strips
1 large onion, halved and very thinly sliced

2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, sliced thin
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 pound raw shrimp, without tails
1/2 pound bean sprouts

1 tablespoon catsup
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
1 teaspoon sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon shrimp paste, (in soya bean oil) (available at larger grocery stores and Asian markets)
2 medium Roma tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup chives, cut in 2-inch lengths or chopped green onions
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 teaspoon crushed red hot pepper

  1. Soak rice noodles in warm water for 30 minutes; drain and snip into 8-10" lengths.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a wok or large frying pan and stir-fry garlic, zucchini, carrots, and onion until translucent.
  3. Add chicken and egg; stir-fry 3-4 minutes; add shrimp and fry for 1 minute.
  4. Push the noodle mixture to the side and add the catsup, soy sauce, peanuts, sugar, fish sauce, shrimp paste, and tomatoes; mix well, then stir into the noodle mixture and cook for 3 minutes, stirring gently so as not to break up the noodles.
  5. Add the remaining bean sprouts; mix well.
  6. Garnish each serving with chives, lime wedges, and red chile pepper flakes.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 334 Calories from Fat 113
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 34% Protein 24% Carb. 42%

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 13 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 106 mg
Sodium 333 mg
Total Carbohydrate 35 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 20 g

Vitamin A 117% Vitamin C 37% Calcium 0% Iron 19%

Want more Halloween ideas? There are over 130 Halloween recipes in my Halloween Cookbook, Quick Cooking for Halloween. It can be ordered from Amazon: Quick Cooking for Halloween: Over 130 Recipes to serve at the Annual Halloween BOO-ffet!

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