Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
I saw this on FoodTV's Calling All Cooks, which is now defunct. The recipe was created by Karen Edidin from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, who originally called it Mystery Meat Loaf. However, a quick Google search showed mystery meatloaves scare people. Don't let anyone watch you make this! You'll give away the secret ingredient too early.
- 3 lbs 80% lean ground beef (round)
- seasoning salt, to taste
- seasoned pepper, to taste (I use regular)
- garlic salt, to taste
- 4 -6 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
- 1 (16 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 cup rolled oats (optional) or 1 cup breadcrumbs, see note (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together ground round, seasoned salt and pepper and garlic salt to taste.
- In the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch pyrex pan form 1/2 meat mixture into a free form/oval shape.
- Place eggs end to end across meat lengthwise.
- Arrange remaining 1/2 meat covering eggs.
- With a fork, score meat all the way around.
- Pour tomato sauce over top and around meat loaf.
- Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
- Bake for 1 1/2 hours, cut into slices and serve at table. Note: This recipe is all about presentation! You'll hear lots of, "Wows!" when the first halved egg appears.
- Note: When I made this, I thought the texture was heavy and slightly rubbery. It might help to add in 1 cup of rolled oats or bread crumbs. This is up to you! I have never tried it.