Hackbraten Recipe
( Easy Meatloaf Recipe )

This easy meatloaf recipe is for a traditional German Hackbraten. Although the base recipe is for an all-beef meatloaf, pork is often substituted in part, and any variety of ground meat could be used.

Designed to feed four with no leftovers, this recipe can be doubled for a large group, or to allow for those tasty meatloaf sandwiches the next day. Regardless of the size of your loaf, be sure to check to ensure that is cooked through. The center temperature should reach at least 160 Fahrenheit to ensure safe eating. Larger loaves will take longer to cook, and ovens tend to vary, so make sure the center is no longer pink.

Standard Ingredients:

1 lb of Ground Beef (or 1/2 lb Beef, 1/2 lb Pork)

1/2 cup fine Dry Breadcrumbs

1 Tbsp Butter

2 (1+1) medium White Onions

1 Tbsp minced fresh Parsley

2 large Eggs

1 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1 tsp Rosemary

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

3 Tbsp of Flour

2 slices of Bacon

4 Tbsp of Lard or Butter

1 large Carrot (Yellow Carrot, if available)

1 cup of Water or Beef Broth

2 Tbsp of Sour Cream

1 Tbsp Flour or Corn Starch (for thickening)


In large bowl, mix Ground Meat and Breadcrumbs until uniform
Preheat oven to 375 F

Peel and dice on 1 Onion
Heat 1 Tbsp of Butter in hot skillet
Add Diced Onion and Parsley to hot skillet
Sauté until Onion is golden brown

Beat Eggs in large shallow container
Add Salt, Pepper, Rosemary and Nutmeg to Egg and mix

Pour Onion/Parsley mixture and Egg mixture over Ground Meat
Knead together until uniformly mixed
Mold Meat mixture into load
Roll Loaf in Flour until coated on all sides
Lay Bacon slices in the middle of small casserole dish
Set Floured Loaf on top of Bacon
Peel and slice Carrot and second Onion
Pour Water or Broth into casserole dish
Scatter sliced Carrot and Onion around Meatloaf
Heat 4 Tbsp Lard or Butter in warm skillet
Pour hot Lard or Butter over meatloaf and place dish in preheated oven

Bake 1 hour (or until cooked through), basting often
With 5-10 minutes cook time remaining, spread Sour Cream over Meatloaf

Remove dish from oven
Move Meatloaf to serving dish
Stir Flour or Cornstarch into the juice remaining in pan to make sauce
Slice and serve while hot

Now wasn't that a delicious and easy meatloaf recipe?

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