Egg Stuffed Meatloaf (Bolo de Carne Alemão)


Hello, y’all!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I have a special recipe that I’d like to share with you today: Egg Stuffed Meatloaf or Bolo de Carne Alemão.  Excited?

As you can see, meatloaf is not just unique to the American table.  As a result of German immigration to Southern Brazil in the first quarter of the 19th century, we enjoy this traditional dish at our table as well.  The difference here is that our meatloaf is stuffed with hard-boiled egg, and sometimes topped with pieces of bacon.  Although I could have used a mold to shape our meatloaf, I didn’t because I wanted to make this recipe as authentic as possible… and also because our meatloaf is smaller and cooks much faster.  I am telling you, this one tasty meatloaf!!!  It is commonly accompanied by potato salad or mashed potatoes… I can already foresee your smile!!!

Egg Stuffed Meatloaf

I bet you didn’t know that Brazil is home to the second largest number of Germans outside of Germany.  They used to appear in fourth place among immigrants to Brazil, but dropped to fifth place when Japanese immigration increased in the beginning of the 20th century.

As you can see below, German immigrants have influenced our architecture…

Downtown Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Credit to Schmidt. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike version 1.0Downtown Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil. 

… ethnic composition and culture…

Oktoberfest-Blumenau-2011 by oktoberfestblumenau.orgOktoberfest, in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

…and  cuisine with their coffee cakes, sausages, jams, cold meats, breads, cheeses, cookies, beer, and many other delicious food items.

Apple Crumb Cake (Cuca de Maçã) -- A 'sweep me off my feet' coffee cake!Applekuchen or Cuca de Maçã– A German coffee cake!

Would you like to have a taste of German food from Southern Brazil?  Well, how about preparing a meal where you serve this amazing egg stuffed meatloaf and have for dessert our cuca de maçã (apfelkuchen)?  I will be awaiting your feedback!

Egg Stuffed Meatloaf


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Egg Stuffed Meatloaf (Bolo de Carne Alemão)...From Southern Brazil to You!
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An authentic, rustic, and juicy meatloaf stuffed with hard-boiled egg and topped with bacon -- no mold is necessary and cooking time drops considerably.
Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 3 loaves
  • For the Meatloaf:
  • 1.8 lbs (800 g) ground beef ( with 20 to 30% fat )
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups bread crumbs
  • ½ cup water
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • For the Filling:
  • 3 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
  • For the Topping (optional):
  • 4 strips of uncooked bacon, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 482° F (250 ° C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, garlic, onion , salt , pepper, green onions and parsley, tomato paste, 2 eggs, bread crumbs and water. Let rest for 10 minutes at room temperature. Separate into 3 equal portions, form each portion into a round meatloaf, open a hole in the center of each meatloaf, and stuff with 1 peeled hard-boiled egg per meatloaf. Cover each egg with the ground beef, shaping each meatloaf well. Transfer the stuffed meatloaves to a large rectangular baking sheet, greased with olive oil. Brush the meatloaves with olive oil and bake. Meanwhile, cook chopped strips of bacon for about 2-3 minutes in a skillet over medium heat. Set aside.
  3. After the meatloaves have baked in the oven for 15 minutes, remove baking pan and distribute the strips of chopped bacon over the meatloaves (and some of the rendered bacon fat as well). Return pan to the oven and let bake for 5 more minutes, (i.e. for 20 minutes total cooking time for the meatloaves). The meatloaves should be golden outside and the inner portions well cooked before removing from the oven. Serve with potato salad or mashed potatoes.


** Downtown Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Credit to Schmidt. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike version 1.0.

** Oktoberfest-Blumenau-2011 by



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40 Responses to Egg Stuffed Meatloaf (Bolo de Carne Alemão)

  1. The Café Sucre Farine 28 October, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    I had no idea there was such a German influence in Brazil, so interesting! This meatloaf is the prettiest I’ve ever seen and so fun too!

    • Denise Browning 28 October, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

      Thanks, Chris! Yes, there are many German immigrants in Brazil (they are the fifth largest group there). This is my favorite meatloaf.

  2. Lail | With A Spin 28 October, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I love eggs and incorporating them in meatloaf is a great idea. Looks beautiful and I am sure it tasted delicious.

    I hope you are fully recovered from the cold. Take care.
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  3. Looks like I need to make it to Santa Catarina…after all, it carries my name. 😉 I have had meatloaf with a hard boiled egg and I loved it. I will love it even more with all that bacon on top!
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  4. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet 29 October, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Denise, this looks and sounds FABULOUS! Just a couple of days ago on Facebook I posted my recipe for Mexican Meatballs with eggs in the center and I love the idea of the meatloaf! And the word “bacon” already had me sold from the beginning!

    Also, I’m originally from Germany and while I knew there was a significant German population in Brazil, I had no idea it was the second largest! I would love to know more about which specific Brazilian dishes are German-influenced. Thank you for such a wonderful post! :)
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    • Denise Browning 29 October, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Kimberly! Welcome to FBTY. I had no idea that you are from Germany. Yes, Brazil is home to the second largest number of Germans outside Germany (USA is the first). This meatloaf is my favorite.

  5. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet 29 October, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    P.S. That Apple Crumb Cake of yours…Oh, my gosh!!! And you always take such beautiful pictures!
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    • Denise Browning 29 October, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks a lot!!! I am glad that you enjoy my pics. Although applekuchen has no dulce de leche on top, this is the way that I eat mine. :) As you can see, I got a very sweet tooth. :)

  6. Deb 29 October, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    What a tempting dinner recipe! And yes I do believe the Egg Stuffed Meatloaf would be divine with a side of mashed potatoes!
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  7. Liz 29 October, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Your meatloaf looks terrific!! And I love the pop of color from the eggs!
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  8. Coffee and Crumpets 29 October, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    I always make my meatloaf with eggs inside! I didn’t know I was making a Brazilian recipe :) It looks wonderful Denise. I love the look of your site and your logo. Everything is very neat and clean looking :) I love it!

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    • Denise Browning 30 October, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      Thanks, Nazneen! I am glad that you like our new look.

  9. Julia | 29 October, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Denise, only a REAL CHEF like you could create this beautiful meat loaf. Pinned! I want so much to try making it at home, and I would love something like that for breakfast! By the way, your site re-design is amazing! It looks so clean and so easy to navigate. I really like it.
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    • Denise Browning 30 October, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      Oh, Julia! Thanks so much…This is a traditional recipe from Southern Brazil. I wish I had created it because it tastes amazing. I am happy that you like our new face.

  10. francesca 30 October, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    I had no idea Brazilians did meatloaf :) Looks delicious!
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    • Denise Browning 30 October, 2013 at 8:02 am #

      We do because the German influence in Southern Brazil.

  11. Sugar et al 30 October, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    Wow! Love the new look Denise. The meatloaf…I have no words to describe. Absolutely stunning and so delicious with the egg!
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  12. Daniela 30 October, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    This meatloaf looks amazing, Denise!
    Definitely the best of two worlds : tasty German meatloaf with a delicious Brazilian twist, so yummy.
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  13. I always love a good meatloaf! this looks great, Denise!
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  14. Kiran @ 31 October, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    I’ve never had meatloaf before but this looks so delicious!! Love the eggs in it and thanks for sharing some “meatloaf” history. Gotta try soon!
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  15. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes 31 October, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    It seems south america became home to many germans after the wars. I love what you choose to celebrate oktoberfest, because I’m mad about meatloaf! Lovely Denise!
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  16. Ash-foodfashionparty 1 November, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    First of all I apologize for stopping by late for this yumminess.
    The meatloaf looks so amazing, the egg in the middle is so perfectly done. Thanks for a great lesson.
    The pictures of ocktoberfest looks so good Denise. Beautiful pictures.
    Hope you are doing well and hope the kids enjoyed their halloween, they looked adorable.
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  17. my mom used to cooked it in chinese hot and sour broth right after made the meatball wehn i was a kid….
    Your version is sounds amazingly delicious!
    tempting to try….
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    • Denise Browning 2 November, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Thanks, Dedy! Thanks also for sharing such a precious detail of your childhood. Have a great weekend!

  18. Raymund 3 November, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    This looks like a better version of scotch eggs. Love this one!
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  19. cquek 3 November, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Looks amazing!!! I’m definitely going to try it. I like your new theme.
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  20. Sowmya 9 November, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    These look absolutely delicious!
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