- 500 g minced pork and beef
- 2 pcs onion grated
- 6 pcs Large eggs
- 1 tablespoon Salt
- a inch Black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon Parsley chopped
Meatloaf is a “one of those dishes”, where varieties can be found in numerous cuisines around the world. Although, the first records of its origins date back to the 4th century AD from Rome by Apicius manuscript, where it is considered that meatloaf originates from today’s Germany. This dish is typical in almost all Central European cuisines. It is now considered a ‘home staple’ in Western Europe, the United States and Latin America. Even in the Vietnamese and Filipino cuisine.
It can be found in Turkey, Lebanon and Jewish cuisine too. There it is commonly known as Klops, meaning ‘Meatball’ in German.
Each kitchen has its specificities, but in Croatia, ingredients usually consist of a combination of pork and beef. Hard-boiled eggs are mandatory as a filling in the middle, while a blend of herbs varies depending on the region. In Croatia, you can often find under the Stefani steak. The name comes from a Hungarian where there is Stefánia szelet or from a Bulgarian cuisine where the name of Rulo Stefani is used.
It is awe-inspiring that some dishes are so universal and considered a home favourite across the globe.
Boil 6 eggs for about 10 minutes. After boiling, remove the shell.
Mix the meat with spices you like. I usually mix pepper, salt, garlic and a bit of basil into the meat.
Chop onions into, lightly sprinkle oil into a pan and fry onions until they change to a golden colour. Be careful not to use too much oil.
Add the onions to the meat and mix. Add an egg in the middle of the mix. Mix again all together until you get a smooth and compact meat consistency.
When you get the right consistency, place 1/3 of the mixed meat in the middle of a dish, about 2.5 centimetres thick.
Place the previously boiled eggs horizontally on top of the meat in the dish.
Cover the eggs with the rest of the meat and shape into a loaf.
Cover the loaf with aluminium foil and put it in a preheated oven. Bake the loaf at 200 degrees, for about 60 minutes, on the middle shelf.
Remove the foil at the end and bake the loaf for about 5 minutes more.