Festive Meatloaf

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For a stunning and delicious main course, try our Festive Meatloaf recipe. While it requires some time and culinary skills, the result will exceed your expectations. This dish features a base of pork tenderloin, pounded flat, and filled with ground beef and hard-boiled quail eggs. After rolling and searing to a golden brown, the meatloaf is baked to perfection. The finished product is juicy, tender, and visually appealing!

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Festive Meatloaf

Nutritional Information

Servings: 8

Preparation Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Festive Meatloaf

Ingredients for 8 Servings

  • Onion: 1 medium
  • Garlic: 2 cloves
  • Fresh parsley, chopped: 1 bunch
  • Fresh basil, chopped: 2 sprigs
  • Stale breadcrumbs: 1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Milk: 3.4 fl oz (100 ml)
  • Hard-boiled quail or small chicken eggs: 6
  • Pork tenderloin: 2.2 lbs (1 kg)
  • Ground beef: 1.1 lbs (500 g)
  • Grated Parmesan: 1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Egg: 1 large
  • Vegetable oil: 2 tbsp
  • Meat broth: 4.2 cups (1 liter)


Step 1

Prepare the ingredients for the festive meatloaf. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Wash, dry, and chop the parsley and basil. Soak the breadcrumbs in milk. Peel the hard-boiled eggs. Cover the pork tenderloin with plastic wrap and pound it into a thin sheet.

Festive Meatloaf

Step 2

In a bowl, mix the ground beef with soaked breadcrumbs, Parmesan, onion, garlic, herbs, and raw egg. Mix thoroughly. Spread the prepared mixture in the center of the pounded pork tenderloin.

Festive Meatloaf

Step 3

Press the hard-boiled quail eggs into the beef mixture along the center line, parallel to the long side, spacing them evenly or placing them close together.

Festive Meatloaf

Step 4

Carefully but tightly roll the meatloaf. Tie it with kitchen string. In a large skillet that fits the entire roll, heat the vegetable oil.

Festive Meatloaf

Step 5

Brown the meatloaf on all sides until golden. Transfer to a baking dish. Pour in the broth, cover, and place in a preheated oven at 392°F (200°C) for 1.5 hours. If the top starts to burn, cover with aluminum foil.

Festive Meatloaf

Helpful Tip

You can line the pork tenderloin sheet with lightly blanched spinach or Savoy cabbage for a more colorful presentation.

Additional Information

Adjust the amount of broth as needed. Pour enough liquid into the dish so that the meatloaf is submerged by 0.8-1.2 inches (2-3 cm). Bake for the specified time. Add more broth only if it evaporates during baking. Enjoy this festive and flavorful meatloaf as a centerpiece for any special occasion!

Festive Meatloaf

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