German Meatloaf Falscher Hase

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German meatloaf (Falscher Hase or Hackbraten in German) is a traditional German pork and beef meatloaf bound with boiled eggs, a real hearty comfort food. After WW II, falscher Hase rising to prominence as meat was still scarce but the housewives wanted to give the family a special treat, so they wrapped the ground meat (usually beef and pork) with boiled eggs and flavoured the meatloaf with parsley, mustard, and paprika. I have left out the hard-boiled eggs and bacon in this recipe.
Serve them with Sauerkraut, German bread dumplings or mashed potatoes and sour cream based sauce.

  • 250 g Ground beef
  • 250 g Ground pork
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp Cold water
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard, hot
  • 2 tbsp Parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup Beef broth
  1. Thoroughly mix ground meats, onion, bread crumbs, cold water, and eggs. Preheat the oven to 200C7400F.
  2. Season the mixture with salt, paprika, mustard, and parsley. Blend ingredients thoroughly and shape into a loaf.
  3. Place the loaf in a baking pan and bake in a preheated oven for about 45 minutes. While meat is baking, gradually pour hot beef broth over the top of the meatloaf and basting occasionally. Serve with German bread dumplings.


My Little Space 11/9/09 00:40

Wow, this looks really juicy yummy good! I don't take beef but this is juz so tempting!

Heather S-G 11/9/09 01:12

I've always wanted to make the meatloaf with the eggs in the middle. This looks delicious :)

lululu 11/9/09 01:45

hv made meatloaf once b4, i probably put too much balsamic vinegar in it. it didnt work really well.

with this special recipe, i think i gotta try again.

thx for sharing!

Palidor 11/9/09 02:13

Yum! That looks so delicious! I'd love to eat it on top of steamed rice with all that wonderful gravy.

Anonymous 11/9/09 02:28

That's an excellent meatloaf, love the recipe and can't wait to try! My grandma used to make a meatloaf (or rather a meat roll) with an omelette inside, then we ate it sliced & cold with mayo.

Beachlover's Kitchen 11/9/09 02:33

look really goood especially all the meat combine wt the broth!! yumm!

Reeni 11/9/09 03:04

One of my favorites! This is a delicious version! The best part is the leftover sandwich the next day!

Cookin' Canuck 11/9/09 04:58

This would be the perfect meal for a chilly autumn evening!

Elin Chia 11/9/09 05:44

Angie,this is wonderful way to use ground beef..looks so yummilicious...meatloaf with these finger-licking good broth gravy! Thanks for sharing such simple and yet delicious meatloaf :)

theUngourmet 11/9/09 06:25

I love this version! Meatloaf is such a versatile dish. Thanks for the bit of history too!

liya 11/9/09 06:35

i can eat this right about now!

petite nyonya 11/9/09 07:34

Wish I'm a guest in your house right now. The meatloaf looks so succulent & goooodddddd!! The broth poured over it makes this a winner as whenever I see meatloaf, it is always the dry version.

TasteHongKong 11/9/09 08:51

Hmm, time to give our meat patties a tweak.

Finla 11/9/09 13:29

I always make my meat loaf in a pan in gas fire.
I have never done the baked version;
This looks so good, love the sauce around it too.

Vrinda 11/9/09 14:58

I haven't eaten meatloaf yet,nice recipe,my hubby will lov it...

carmenpiva 11/9/09 15:58

It must taste delicious!! We do something similar in Spain, we call it "rollo de carne", "Meat roll".

Cooking Gallery 11/9/09 17:00

Hmm, have never tried a falscher Hase before, maybe I should give it a try to broaden my German palate...;-)

chow and chatter 11/9/09 18:21

yummy and great info I love how you can cook your food and the local german food as well very cool

nora@ffr 11/9/09 21:32

oohhhh!! i love mixed meat :) how abt adding some shredded chicken? my husband is not a fan of beef. still ye dish sound delish :)

Angie's Recipes 11/9/09 22:22

Thank you, all my dear friends and readers, for your kind comments. :-)
@Nora: you can use just ground pork or mixed with some ground chicken.

Donna-FFW 11/9/09 23:45

This sounds fantastic Angie, love the idea of this version.

KennyT 12/9/09 02:39

Angie, you meat loaf looks very beautiful!! ^^

My host mother in Hungary always made something like this, but with minced pork and minced turkey. She even put boiled eggs inside so when you slice the meat loaf, you can see the cross section of the boiled eggs.

Sophia 12/9/09 07:53

I'm so ignorant...I always thought meatloaf was a purely American thing! D'oh!

Katy ~ 12/9/09 12:44

We love meatloaf here. Nice straightforward ingredients here. Adding this to my collection of meatloaf recipes as this sounds GOOD!

pigpigscorner 12/9/09 17:47

This is my type of comfort food! Looks and sounds amazing.

Miranda 13/9/09 16:02

I am totally making this!!! Great dish! Thanks, Angie.

Southern Grace Gourmet 13/9/09 20:25

I can just smell this, it looks so delicious!

lisaiscooking 14/9/09 00:38

Meatloaf sounds great for fall. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sophie 14/9/09 10:00

I have made a similar recipe before from a Scottish chef. Your version looks very tasty & I call this true comfort food, Angie!

Just beautiful to eat as a wonderful dinner!

Anonymous 29/8/16 10:54

What temperature should the oven be pre-heated to?


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