Prep 1 hr
Cook 45 mins
This is very different, but my husband (a very picky eater that's pretty much a steak & potatoes kind of guy) likes it so I guess it's got to be good. :D There is a chill time of one hour for the pastry. Posted for Zaar World Tour 05
- 2 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/4-inch bits
- 1 egg
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon butter, soft
- 3 lbs meat (finely ground*)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄4 lb fresh mushrooms, finely chopped to yield 3/4 cup
- 1⁄3 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup parsley, finely chopped
- 1 cup cheddar cheese or 1 cup swiss cheese, grated
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 egg, mixed
- 2 tablespoons milk
- *Beef, pork, ham, lamb or veal or a combination of any of these. 4 cups cooked.
- Sift the flour and salt together into a large chilled bowl.
- Drop the 1/4-inch bits of butter into the bowl.
- Working quickly, use your fingertips to rub the flour and butter together until they have the appearance of flakes of coarse meal.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the egg and sour cream and stir into this the flour-butter mixture, working with your fingers until you can gather the dough into a soft, pliable ball.
- Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate 1 hour. Cut the chilled dough in half and roll out each half to rectangles of 6 by 14 inches each, setting aside any scraps.
- Butter the bottom of a jelly-roll pan with 1 tablespoon of soft butter.
- Lift 1 sheet of the pastry over the rolling pin and unroll it into the pan, or drape the pastry over the rolling pin, lift it up and unfold it into the pan.
- Meat Filling:.
- Combine the egg & milk; set aside.
- Melt the 4 tablespoons of butter in a 10- to 12-inch skillet.
- When the foam subsides, add the chopped mushrooms and cook them over moderate heat, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until they are lightly colored.
- If you are using ground raw meat, add it to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the meat loses its read color and any accumulated liquid in the pan cooks completely away.
- Scrape the meat mixture from the skillet (or the mushrooms and already cooked meat) into a large mixing bowl and stir in the chopped onions, parsley, cheese and milk.
- Now gather this meat mixture into a ball and place it in the center of the dough in the pan.
- With you hands, pat the meat into a narrow loaf extending across the center of the dough from one end to the other. Lift the second sheet of pastry over the pin and gently drape it on top of the meat loaf; press the edges of the 2 sheets together.
- Dip a pastry brush into the combined egg and milk mixture and moisten the edges of the dough.
- Press down on the edges all around the loaf with the back of a fork (the tines will seal the edges securely).
- Prick the top of the loaf in several places with a fork to allow steam to escape.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Gather together into a ball all of the excess scraps of dough and roll it out to a thin rectangle.
- With a pastry wheel or small, sharp knife, cut this dough into long, narrow strips. Brush the loaf with more of the egg and milk mixture and crisscross the pastry strips over the top of the loaf in an attractive pattern.
- Now brush the strips with the milk and egg mixture and set the jelly-roll pan in the center of the oven.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the loaf has turned a golden brown.
- Serve thick slices of the hot meat loaf, accompanied by a bowl of cold sour cream and a side dish of lingonberries.
This recipe is taken directly from the "Cooking of Scandanavia" Cookbook issued by TIme-Life in the early 1970's. It's a lot easier to make than the detailed recipe may indicate, given the pastry dough is prepared first....then refrigerated while the Meat Loaf ingredients are being prepared. I've made these several times in the past and they're always a big hit, reminding one of a Beef Wellington when brought to the table!!
Another beautiful aspect of this recipe is that you can prepare these in advance for Dinner Parties....Let them cool, and then freeze for up to six months. Later they can be thawed to room temperature and heated gently in the oven while preparing the rest of your holiday menu!!