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Meatloaf Bird Nests Recipe

Moist meatloaf recipe in the form of bird nests. The best tender meatloaf recipe that requires no breadcrumbs, milk or loaf pan. It is perfect for kids too.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Eastern, European
Keyword: Meatloaf


  • 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


  • 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 'bird nests'. 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 30-40 minutes, or until eggs become cooked and look firm. Enjoy!


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