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Meatloaf Surprise


Meatloaf with a surprise in the center!

Peter likes meatloaf. I think I have finally perfected the recipe after some experimentation. This iteration is super cool because I decided to add hard-boiled eggs in the middle. It’s a bit of a 60’s throwback. LOVE it! Don’t skimp on the glaze, it’s very important to balance the flavor and provide extra moisture to the mix.

Preheat oven to 375° F


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 small jar of diced pimento
  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs (the italian kind are yummy)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 4-5 slices of bacon
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled


  • 1/2 cup of tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp honey


  1. Meatloaf

    Looks lovely with broccoli all around.

    Mix all the ingredients for the meatloaf in a large bowl. Use your hands, it feels awesome!  Make sure the egg is well mixed with everything else.

  2. Place the bacon slices at the bottom of a loaf pan. Pack the about a third of the way with the meat. Create a grove in the middle with a spoon and place the peeled eggs. Pack the rest of the meat around and on top of the eggs.
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the glaze in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Flip the meatloaf out onto the baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Take out of the oven and brush with the glaze on all the sides. Place back in the oven and bake until a thermometer inserted into the middle  (not touching the bottom baking sheet) reads 160 degrees.  Let it rest for a few minutes without serving.  Slice with a sharp knife to keep the integrity of the eggs.
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