Mini Bomb Meatloaf Recipe with Eggs

Mini Bomb Meatloaf Recipe with egg in the middle. This is a family recipe that requires no breadcrumbs, milk, or loaf pan. It’s a different meatloaf recipe that can be prepared with leftover bread. Kid-approved.

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Today we are making mini meatloaf bombs with eggs – my kids call them bird nests or bombs. A family meatloaf recipe that requires no breadcrumbs, cheese, milk or even a loaf pan.

Our family meatloaf recipe is wonderfully moist and tender, not to mention delicious and really easy to make. This recipe was my husband’s all time favorite when he was little. Now, my kids and I love it. Hope it becomes your favorite too.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • A mix of ground beef and pork (usually use a 1:1 ratio) – recipe can be made with either ground beef (preferably not lean) or pork mince as well.
  • Eggs – one egg is used for the meatloaf mix, and the rest are placed into the meatloaf bird nests.
  • Slices of bread (or baguette) – preferably old, dry bread or baguette, soaked in water. Then drained and crumbled. That gives tenderness to the meatloaf.
  • Onion – one small onion (red or yellow) is needed here. Skip if you wish.
  • Dried mint leaves – mint leaves add extra flavor to the meatloaf. Dried oregano or thyme can be used instead.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste – some minced meats come flavored and do not require extra salt. Others are pure minced meat that calls for reasoning while cooking.
  • Garlic powder, optional – it’s up to you to add or leave out.
  • Water – for soaking slices of bread in.

How to make mini bomb meatloaf

1st: soak bread in water and let soak in well. Drain and crumble as shown below. Mix with all remaining ingredients.

2nd: Shape mini meatloaf bombs – leaving a whole in the middle for the eggs. Add eggs to each and bake.

THE BEST Mini Bomb MEATLOAF – tips

  1. COOKING TIME – the recommended meatloaf temp for cooking is 180C/360F. Keeping temperature on the low end ensures meatloaf nests stay tender and moist.
  2. HOW TO FORM MEATLOAF NESTS– divide the meatloaf mix into 6 even parts. Then, with your fingers form nests by gently pushing the meatloaf mix outwards, starting from the center (start from the center towards the sides). The bottom should be wide and as thin as possible. The walls should be tall and thick to prevent eggs from spilling out.
  3. PRE-SOAKED BREAD vs. BREADCRUMBS – Using (leftover) bread instead of breadcrumbs ensures the meatloaf becomes tender and moist without having to use milk, cheese, or a sauce. Therefore, I do not recommend using breadcrumbs. Slices of bread could be from leftover (even already hardened) bread or fresh bread. They should be soaked in water until completely soft. Then you’ll need to drain the water and crumble the bread well with your fingers.

Note: If you are wondering how much bread exactly to use (after all not all slices of bread are the same size), a good guide I like to follow is the meat bread ratio (2:1). That way, when baked bread cannot be tasted in the meatloaf.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH MEATLOAF NESTS?

There are a number of options what to serve with these lovely Mini Meatloaf. Here are a few of my suggestions:

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Mini Bomb Meatloaf Recipe with Eggs

The European Dish
Easy baked mini bomb meatloaf recipes with egg in the middle. The best tender meatloaf recipe that requires no breadcrumbs, milk or loaf pan. It is perfect for kids too.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Eastern, European
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb  (500g) ground beef and pork mix, (mince)
  • 7 eggs medium size
  • 2 slices of bread or one medium to small baguette
  • 1 onion, finely minced
  • t tbsp dried mint leaves powdered
  • 1 tsp salt or more to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper or more to taste
  • t tsp galic powder optional
  • water for soaking bread in

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl place slices of bread (baguette) and cover with water. Leave to sit for 10 min (or until bread becomes completely soaked with water and soft).
  • In the meantime, in a large bowl add one of the eggs (the rest are for the bird nests) minced meat, finely chopped onion, dried mint leaves, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • The drain bread from water and crumble with your fingers. Bread crumbs should be moist, but no water should be dripping from them. Add to mince meat mix and incorporate well.
  • Once meatloaf mix is ready, cover large baking dish with parchment paper. Then divide meatloaf mix in 6 even parts.
  • With your hands form round mini meatloaf cakes with a whole in the middle. The bottom should be as thin as possible. The wall should be tall and thick (to prevent eggs from spilling out later).
  • Then, add eggs one by one in each meatloaf bird nest. Adjust meatloaf nests as needed to prevent eggs from spilling out.
  • Bake in preheated oven (180C/360F) for about 30 minutes, or until eggs become cooked and look firm. Serve immediately.

Notes

For more tips and ideas read recipe tips above (within post). 
Keyword ground beef, ground pork, ground turkey, kid-friendly dinner, minced meat, quick and easy dinner
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