German immigrants brought meatloaf with them to Southern Brazil where it was adapted to include a hardboiled egg stuffed inside.
By Denise Browning
- 1.8 lbs (800 g) ground beef ( with 20 to 30% fat )
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 small yellow or white onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ¼ – ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 large eggs
- 1-1/2 cups bread crumbs
- ½ cup water
- Olive oil for brushing
- 3 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
- 4 strips of uncooked bacon, chopped
- Preheat oven to 482° F (250 ° C).
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, garlic, onion , salt , pepper, green onions and parsley, tomato paste, 2 eggs, bread crumbs and water. Let rest for 10 minutes at room temperature. Separate into 3 equal portions, form each portion into a round meatloaf, open a hole in the center of each meatloaf, and stuff with 1 peeled hard-boiled egg per meatloaf. Cover each egg with the ground beef, shaping each meatloaf well. Transfer the stuffed meatloaves to a large rectangular baking sheet, greased with olive oil. Brush the meatloaves with olive oil and bake. Meanwhile, cook chopped strips of bacon for about 2-3 minutes in a skillet over medium heat. Set aside.
- After the meatloaves have baked in the oven for 15 minutes, remove baking pan and distribute the strips of chopped bacon over the meatloaves (and some of the rendered bacon fat as well). Return pan to the oven and let bake for 5 more minutes, (i.e. for 20 minutes total cooking time for the meatloaves). The meatloaves should be golden outside and the inner portions well cooked before removing from the oven. Serve with potato salad or mashed potatoes.
Denise Browning is a native Brazilian foodie, trained Chef, cooking instructor, restaurant menu/recipe developer, and former lawyer. She is also the author of From Brazil To You - a blog that features Brazilian, fusion, and international dish recipes, stories, and photography of Brazil. Her writing has appeared in Cia Brasil Magazine, while her photography is frequently featured on Foodgawker, TasteSpotting, and Foodepix. She lives in Texas with her American husband and two children.