Meatloaf Surprise is a delicious and fun way to use leftover hard-boiled eggs. What, more Easter eggs? Yep. I made 36, so I wasn’t going to waste them! But, this delicious meatloaf got rid of them painlessly and looked pretty and festive, too. It’s just an added ingredient to a classic recipe and allows you to get your hands dirty and be a tad bit creative!
Here’s what you do:
Line a large baking tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spray the aluminum-foil-lined tray with cooking spray. I used my Misto! And, no, this isn’t a post sponsored by Misto; I just really like my Misto and use it all the time so it’s going to show up in my photos everywhere!
Next, chop your veggies. In this recipe, I use a yellow onion, red bell pepper and 3 cloves of garlic, all chopped and set aside until ready to assemble. In addition, I measured out my bread crumbs; I used panko bread crumbs because that is what I had in the pantry, but any bread crumbs or cracker crumbs will do.
Next, I measured my milk and broke two eggs into a mixing bowl. I beat the eggs until well mixed and then added my spices (I think this is a good tip to make sure your spices are distributed evenly in your meatloaf, rather than trying to incorporate the spices into the ground beef).
Then, I added the milk and Worcestershire sauce; whisked until well combined.
I placed 2 pounds of ground beef and one pound of ground sausage in a large mixing bowl and using clean hands, mixed it gently (don’t over-mix; just combine).
Next, I added the chopped veggies. This is where I knew I was in trouble…the bowl wasn’t large enough!
So, I got out a much larger mixing bowl, dumped the meat and veggie mixture in it, added the bread crumbs and the egg mixture.
Again, I used clean hands to gently combine all ingredients, not over-mixing.
I scooped a little more than half the meatloaf mixture onto my prepared baking tray and shaped into a long log. And, I made a trench in the center using my fingers.
I added my 3 hard-boiled eggs to the trench and then carefully applied the rest of the meatloaf mixture until it covered the eggs and was nicely shaped.
Here’s my meatloaf masterpiece ready to bake in the oven!
After baking an hour and 15 minutes, the meatloaf was ready (and it smelled delicious!).
This meatloaf makes 12 hearty slices and is quite large, so I got out a serving platter and lined it is butter lettuce (because that’s what I had in the frig), transferred the meatloaf to the platter and sliced a couple of slices for our dinner! These photos were taken at night in our kitchen, so the lighting isn’t the best.
I love meatloaf and meatloaf sandwiches and we ate this delicious Meatloaf Surprise for several days!
Here’s the recipe:
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 pound ground sausage
- ½ red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- ½ yellow onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely diced
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon ground sage (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ cup milk
- ⅔ cup panko bread crumbs (or any bread crumbs)
- 3 hard-boiled eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a large baking tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
- Spray the baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
- Prepare your veggies: chop the onion, red pepper and garlic and set aside.
- Put the ground meats into a very large mixing bowl.
- In a separate, smaller mixing bowl, beat the eggs and add the spices, Worcestershire sauce and milk and whisk to combine.
- Add the veggies, egg mixture and bread crumbs to the meat mixture and with clean hands, combine well, mixing only enough so that everything is incorporated.
- Transfer a little more than half of the meatloaf mixture to the prepared baking tray and shape into a loaf.
- Make a trench down the center of the loaf using your hands.
- Add the 3 hard-boiled eggs to the trench.
- Cover with rest of meatloaf mixture, shaping well.
- Bake in oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Transfer to serving platter, slice and serve.
(other recipes using ground meat and recipes using leftover Easter eggs)
- Charlie’s Layered Mexican Casserole
- Charlie’s Lite Layered Mexican Casserole
- Classic Egg Salad
- Doctored Hamburgers
- Goldenrod Eggs
- Hard-boiled Eggs
- Kathy’s 16-Layer Lasagna
- Southwest Tamale Pie
- Spicy Crock Pot Chili
- Spinach Salad with Brown Sugar Bacon and Candied Black Pepper Pecans
- Steak and Egg Salad
- Tiffany’s Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Turkey Vegetable Chili in Sourdough Bowls