This weekend I wanted to try out a German recipe that I thought my kids would enjoy: Falscher Hase. This German recipe, which translates to 'false hare', has roots in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Falscher Hase came about during a time after WWII when protein was scarce and Hackfleish (ground meat) was not considered a proper entree. During this time in Germany, people would routinely leave their windows open while cooking and it was commonplace for neighbors to stick their heads in to say "hello". These German cooks came up with a delicious dish that their families would enjoy and would trick those who were passing by. By mixing chopped meats, wrapping it around hard-cooked eggs, shaping the loaf to appear as rabbit and then roasting it, they achieved an illusion of a finer cut of protein. It may sound pretty funny that people were disguising meatloaf as rabbit, but this was something folks did to cover-up poverty and the embarrassment of being too poor to put out a nice meal for Sunday dinner.
Falsher Hase Recipe:
1 lb ground meat (typically half pork half beef)
1 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. mustard
3 T. chopped parsley
3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
4 strips of bacon
Preheat over to 350 degrees
Mix meat, onion, bread crumbs, raw eggs, salt, pepper, paprika, mustard and parsley.
Form a rectangle about an inch thick with the meat mixture on a flat baking sheet. Arrange the whole, hard-boiled eggs in a row down the middle. Fold the remaining meat mixture over the eggs to form a loaf shape. Lay strips of bacon over the loaf.
Bake for 1 hour or until cooked through. Allow to cool and dress up your loaf like a rabbit for added fun.