Traditional German Quick Meatloaf

This quick meatloaf recipe is so simple, so quick, and so delicious! In German it is called "Falscher Hase" meaning "false rabbit". The similarity is in shape, not taste! The loaf is formed into a slightly elongated, flattened shape to resemble a hare (rabbit). Just think of it like shaping a loaf of bread.

meatloaf with bacon

The recipe here is my quick German meatloaf recipe. This is one of those quick and easy dinner recipes that you can change up so easily. Check out the hints section.

Quick Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs lean beef (or mixture beef and pork)
  • 2 eggs
  • l onion, finely chopped, (browned in oil, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4 slices bacon
Instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • In large bowl, gently mix meat, eggs, onion, bread crumbs, salt and pepper.
  • Shape into a loaf and place on a rimmed baking sheet - not into a loaf pan!
  • Cover meatloaf with bacon slices.
  • Bake 50 - 60 minutes or until done. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the meat loaves are at 165° F.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Hints:
  • Shape into 2 smaller loaves, so there's more crust - everyone just loves the ends - they're extra delicious!
  • Add any or several of the following: 1/4 to 1/2 cup ketchup, barbecue sauce, mustard, sauteed mushrooms.
  • Change flavor by 1/2 tsp thyme.
  • You can omit the bacon to wrap the loaves. Instead, brush with barbecue sauce or ketchup before baking.

German Meatloag

After it is shaped like a loaf, it is placed on a rimmed baking sheet.

Using this method of how to make a meatloaf, ensures that the fat cooks out of the meat, making this a healthy dinner choice.

I usually make several loaves at once - one to eat hot right away (served with red cabbage and mashed potatoes is a treat!) - the rest is reheated for another dinner (slices warmed in the microwave are delicious) or sliced for sandwiches (a real treat!).

To check seasonings before baking, I put a small amount, about one teaspoon, of raw meat mixture onto a plate. I microwave that for about 1 minutes or until it sizzles and is cooked through. Let it cool momentarily and taste. Add extra salt and/or other seasonings as required :-)


 


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