Homemade German Meatloaf (Falscher Hase) That Melts in Your Mouth











This German Meatloaf, also known as Falscher Hase, is a heartwarming dish that brings a piece of Europe right into your kitchen. With a preparation time of only 45 minutes, it's perfect for a cozy family dinner. Packed with savory flavors and a texture that melts in your mouth, this dairy-free delight is bound to become a household favorite. Follow me to discover how to create this delightful dish that serves 4, complete with nutritional benefits and mouthwatering taste!


Step 1: Preparing the Meatloaf Mixture

Let's start with preparing the meatloaf mixture. Firstly, take a large bowl and thoroughly mix the ground beef, ground pork, finely chopped onion, breadcrumbs, and cold water together. Crack in the eggs and season the mixture with salt, paprika, mustard, and the finely chopped parsley. Get your hands in there (don’t be shy!) and blend all the ingredients thoroughly until everything is well incorporated. Once done, shape the mixture into a loaf - this will help ensure even cooking and a perfect meatloaf shape. It's the mixture of meats and the right seasoning that gives this dish its distinctive German flavor.
Pro Tip: Using cold water helps keep the fat in the meat from melting too early, leading to a juicier meatloaf.

Step 2: Baking the Meatloaf

Now it's time to get this meatloaf in the oven. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) - this is the sweet spot for a juicy meatloaf. Gently place your shaped loaf into a baking pan. This is where our meatloaf will transform into that golden-brown delight. Bake it in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes. Here’s a little chef’s secret - while the meatloaf is baking, gradually pour hot beef broth over the top. This not only keeps the meatloaf moist but also adds an extra layer of flavor. Remember to baste occasionally; this means spooning the juices back over the meatloaf as it cooks. It's these little steps that make a big difference in the end!
Pro Tip: Basting the meatloaf with beef broth helps to keep it juicy and adds an excellent flavor.

Step 3: Serving the Meatloaf

Once your meatloaf is beautifully browned and cooked through, it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. This dish is traditionally served with German bread dumplings, a starchy side that beautifully complements the rich and flavorful meatloaf. However, feel free to serve it with your family’s favorite sides - mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a simple green salad work wonderfully. The beauty of this meatloaf lies in its versatility. So, slice it up, serve, and watch as your family devours this delightful German classic, bringing a touch of international cuisine to your dinner table.
Pro Tip: Letting the meatloaf rest for a few minutes before slicing can make it easier to cut.