Meatloaf Stuffed With Long Eggs, Ham, And Cheese
Meatloaf is a divisive dish. Some love it, some hate it, and to some, it's just a faint childhood memory. To us, though, it's a delicious American classic! Of course, even classics need a tune-up every once in a while, which is where this recipe comes in – it's meatloaf, but unlike anything you've seen or tasted before. This one comes stuffed with long eggs, ham, and cheese. Need we say more? It's the most mouthwatering and flavorful comfort food, and it's perfect for those fall days where you just need a hug in a bowl!
For the meatloaf:
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 3-4 slices of day-old bread, grated
- 2 onions, grated
- ⅓ cup chopped parsley
- 1 egg
- salt & pepper to taste
For the filling:
- 6-8 slices of ham
- 8 slices of cheese
- 10 eggs for the long eggs
- 1 bowl of diced carrots, celery, leek, red onion, garlic, and rosemary
- vegetable oil for frying
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 48 fl oz beef broth
- 2¼ cups bread crumbs
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
1. First separate the eggs. Whisk the egg yolks and pour them through a sieve before pouring everything into tall greased shot glasses. Cook the yolks in a hot water bath in a covered pot for 30-40 minutes until they form up. Be careful, though: the water shouldn't be boiling, as the ideal cooking temperature for this kind of egg dish is 175°F.
2. Remove the warm egg yolks from the glasses and carefully transfer them to slightly larger, greased drinking glasses. Pour the egg whites through a sieve before adding them to the glasses with the yolks.
3. Boil the eggs in a hot water bath in a covered pot for 60-90 minutes and then let them cool a bit.
4. Combine the ingredients for the meatloaf. Spread the meat mixture evenly on a large piece of parchment paper and cover with a layer of sliced cheese, followed by a layer of sliced ham.
5. Carefully remove the warm long eggs from the glasses and place them in the center of the meat mixture, on top of the cheese and ham. Roll everything up with the help of the parchment paper and press the meat together firmly at the ends to seal everything in.
6. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Heat some olive oil in a large roasting pan on the stovetop and fry the meatloaf on all sides.
7. Add the vegetables, tomato paste, and a pinch of salt and let everything cook with the meatloaf. Deglaze the bottom of the pan with the beef broth and let everything simmer briefly.
8. Mix the bread crumbs, parsley, and melted butter and spread the mixture over the meatloaf. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
Served in one piece straight out of the oven, this meatloaf doesn't look too far off from your grandma's. But once you cut into it, you'll get a nice peek of that beautiful long egg, melted cheese, and super savory ham – a great visual, as well as a culinary highlight, that you shouldn't miss!
Get the recipe for the Ultimate Bacon Meatloaf featured in the bonus video.