Štefani pečenka is meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs and beautifully seasoned meat with cooked onions, paprika, coriander, thyme, and oregano.
Have you ever tried Slovak food recipes before? Well, you are in for a treat with this traditional meatloaf recipe, called Štefani pečenka. You will find a hidden surprise inside, a meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs inside, giving it extra flavor and texture.
It’s no wonder this esthetically pleasing dish is a very popular dish served during Easter.
Štefani pečenka: a meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs
Meatloaf is definitely something I would classify as comfort food. It’s not the most appetizing dish, but it sure is tasty. The meatloaf recipe has been around for ages and there are many different variations of this classic main dish. Let’s explore one of the best ever meatloaf recipes, that comes from Slovakia.
Slovakian food is some of the best in all of Europe, and it’s not just me saying that either. The country has been invaded by both Hungarians and Turks over its history which means you’re going to find influences from these cultures mixed into their own unique culinary traditions – creating an amazing array of flavors for your taste buds!
It’s safe to say that this beef and pork meatloaf is an iconic Slovakian recipe in the land of Slovakia. The flavors are rich and complex in their simplicity, resulting in a tender and juicy bite at each forkful.
Being very much a part of the Slovakian culture, this 2 lb meatloaf, finished off with a bbq sauce glaze, is taken to the next level with 4 hard-boiled eggs hidden inside. It’s no wonder that this meatloaf adorns many tables for Easter meals.
Dedicated to Ukraine and the countries that welcomed so many refugees
I wanted this month of Eat the World to be dedicated to the war and the atrocities being committed in Ukraine. I won’t go into details or my personal views. But I stand with Ukraine. Although I am not so close to these roots of mine, on my father’s father’s side there is Belarussian, Russian, and Ukrainian heritage. It’s been an internal struggle as well.
Surprisingly, the blogger group already has done Ukraine, as well as many of the top countries to take in Ukrainian as refugees. At the time when this month’s challenge was announced, Slovakia was the 3rd country to take in the most amount of refugees. At the time, Poland and Hungary were the biggest and we had them too. But this post is dedicated to all the countries that have taken in Ukrainians fleeing their homeland in order to survive.
Please take the time to visit my recipe from some of these countries. Getting to know a people is done very much through the recipes and culture:
- Ukraine: Ukrainian Cheese Filled Crepes (Nalysnyky)
- Poland: Polish White Borscht Soup (Zurek)
- Hungary: Cold Sour Cherry Soup (Hideg Meggyleves)
- Bulgaria: Cherry Apricot Bulgarian Kompot
Slovakian Meatloaf With Hard-Boiled Eggs
- 120 g stale bread 4.2 oz
- 120 g milk, heated 1/2 cup
- 60 g heavy cream, heated 1/4 cup
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 handful parsley
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp ground paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 450 g ground beef 1 lb
- 450 g ground pork 1 lb
- 1 egg yolk and 1 egg
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 1 tbsp bbq sauce
- 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
- Preheat your oven to 170°C / 340°F.
- Slice the stale bread in small cubes. Place in a large bowl, pour the hot milk and hot heavy cream over the bread, and and stir: set aside for a few minutes.
- Dice the onion, garlic, and parsley. Place a skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and diced onion. Cook until the onion softens, then add diced garlic, chopped parsley, ground paprika powder, oregano, thyme, and coriander. Stir to combine and cook for about 2 minutes.
- Transfer the mixture to the stale bread mixture in a bowl and stir well to get a smooth, paste-like texture.
- Add ground beef and pork to the large bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine, then add egg yolk, egg, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix the meat mixture well with your hands
- In a large baking dish, shape into a loaf. Make a hole lengthways in the center to create space for hard-boiled eggs. Arrange hard-boiled eggs tightly in a row. Cover well and smooth over the meat on top.
- Pour 120 ml (1/2 cup) beef stock to the baking dish with the meatloaf and cover it with 2 sheets of aluminum foil. Put in the oven on the middle rack and roast for 45 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and continue to roast for 30 - 35 minutes.
- In the mean time, stir to combine bbq sauce and oyster sauce in a small bowl. Glaze the meatloaf with the mixture. Place back in the oven and roast for another 10 - 15 minutes at 210 °C / 410 °F.
- Serve warm and spoon on a bit of the juice.
Delicious meatloaf with boiled eggs. Never tried this recipe from Slovakia. But looks amazing to try tomorrow. Thanks
What fun to put an egg in the middle of meatloaf. I’ve never seen that before. A delicious looking dish!
Thanks MJ, it was my first time trying it and I am sold!
Delicious … with my favorite hard boiled eggs in the meat loaf, I am feeling hungry now!
I could go for a slice right now too actually!
Such a wonderful looking dish! I’ve a sucker for anything with a hard boiled egg in the center — so pretty. Not to mention the egg adds an extra flavor hit. Neat recipe — thanks.
Thank you John, the eggs really make the dish
What a gorgeous meatloaf! Bill, who adores hard-boiled eggs, is going to get a surprise the next time I make meatloaf!
LOL I want to know Bill’s reaction when you make it.
The eggs in the meatloaf are so pretty – a wonderful surprise. The seasoning added to the meat must make it taste fantastic, too.
Thank you Margaret and it really is a special meatloaf.
SO perfect for this time of year with that beautiful egg!
I do believe it will grace our Easter table.
This looks hearty and so delicious!
Thank you, it certainly is!
Boiled eggs stuffed inside sounds amazing! Bet this will be loved by everyone. Love it!
Definitely, I highly recommend this tasty dish
A wonderful, comforting meal that I wish we could serve up to the refugees. Thanks for the theme this month Evelyne.
Thank you Wendy and I am so glad you enjoyed this month.