Originally published in 2014 Enjoy feel free to leave a comment.
Now, folks, he has done it again. Who, am I talking about, Apicius. That damn ancient Roman. I was going to post a German recipe for Meatloaf and give a tidbit of history. Well, guess what I found out the first recorded recipe for meatloaf is in De Re Coquinaria (On Cooking) written by guess who, Apicius. Damn him.
The modern version (I personally like the German recipe) is far better than what was made in Ancient Rome. You see in Ancient Rome they used Beef and /or Veal brains. Yep, you read that right, brains.
For that reason, I am only posting the German version. It is a bit more modern in that it does not include brains. Of course, you have to have at least half a brain to make it.
1/2 lb. lean ground beef /226.79 g
1/2 lb. ground lean pork / 226.79 g
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs /44.37 ml
3 tablespoons cold water / 44.37 ml
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt / 2.46 ml
1 teaspoon paprika / 4.92 ml
1 teaspoon prepared mustard / 4.92 ml
2 tablespoons chopped parsley /29.58 ml
3 peeled hardboiled egg
4 slices bacon (cube 2 strips; cut 2 strips in half)
4 tablespoons vegetable oil / 59.16 ml
1 cup beef broth /236.59 ml
1/4 cup hot water / 59.14 ml
1 teaspoon cornstarch / 4.92 ml
1/4 cup water /59.14 ml
1/2 cup sour cream / 118.29 ml
1 Mix together ground meats, onion, bread crumbs, 3 Tablespoons cold water, and eggs.
2 Flavor with salt, paprika, mustard, and parsley.
3 Blend ingredients thoroughly.
4 Flatten out meat mixture in the shape of a square; about 8 X 8 inches.
5 Arrange whole hard-boiled eggs in a row along the middle of the meat.
6 Fold sides of meat pattie over the eggs.
7 Shape meat carefully into a loaf, resembling a flatbread loaf.
8 Cook cubed bacon in a Dutch oven for about 2 minutes.
9 Carefully add the vegetable oil, and heat.
10 Place meatloaf in the Dutch oven and cook until browned on all sides.
11 Cut remaining bacon strips in half and arrange over the top of the meatloaf.
12 Place in an uncovered Dutch oven in a preheated 350F/Gas mark 4 / 180 C oven for about 30-45 minutes.
13 While meat is baking, gradually pour hot beef broth over the top of the meatloaf; brush occasionally with pan drippings.
14 When done remove meat to a preheated platter and keep it warm.
15 Add 1/4 cup of hot water to the pan and scrape all particles from the bottom.
16 Bring to a gentle boil.
17 Mix cornstarch with 1/4 cup water and add to the pan.
18 Cook until bubbly and thick.
19 Remove from heat and stir in sour cream.
20 Reheat to warm (do not boil).
21 Season with salt and pepper if desired.
22 Serve the sauce (on the side), separately