Falscher Hase

I thought it was time to share another typically German recipe with you. “Falscher Hase” – which translates as “false hare” – is a special kind of meat loaf. It apparently takes its name from post-war times, when housewives cooking on rations wanted to make something special and wrapped whatever meat they had around eggs and formed a loaf resembling the shape of a hare or rabbit, which was a highly prized meat.

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Ingredients:
(serves 4)

  • 500g mixed mince meat*
  • 50g fine bread crumbs**
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons medium mustard
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • a good helping of cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

You will also need 3 hard boiled eggs.

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Directions:

Pre-heat your oven to 200 C.

Step 1: In a bowl, mash all the ingredients (except for the butter and hard boiled eggs) together until well mixed – I just use my hands for this. Then lay out some cellophane paper and with wet hands spread out the meat on top to a square of about 25 x 25 cm.

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Step 2: Peel the hard boiled eggs and arrange them down the middle of your square of meat, as shown above.

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Step 3: Fold the edges of the meat over to encase the eggs and mould the whole thing in to a loaf shape.

Step 4: Transfer your loaf on to a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and brush it all over with the melted butter.

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Step 5: Bake the meat loaf in the oven for 45 minutes. Then turn off the oven and leave the loaf inside for another 15 minutes.

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Step 6: Cut the loaf in to slices to serve. Tastes great with salted potatoes and green peas.

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