FORLOREN HARE (Danish meat loaf, for six)
6 slices dense square packaged pumpernickel (Wild’s Westphalian is perfect) or 3-½ slices of bakery pumpernickel
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 medium yellow onions (1 cup) finely chopped (not minced)
2 cloves garlic, minced
¾ pound ground beef
½ pound ground veal
¾ pound Italian sausage, squeezed from casing (Sausage can be sweet or hot. Guess what? I prefer hot)
plain store bought or fine homemade bread crumbs to sprinkle on top
cranberry ketchup to accompany
1. Preheat oven to 400*.
2. Soak bread in warm water for 3 to 4 minutes. Squeeze out water and tear into pieces.
3. Combine lightly beaten eggs, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Using a big mixing bowl, mix bread and egg mixture together, then add onions, garlic and the meats and blend together with a wooden spoon or your (scrupulously clean) hands.
4. Pat into an oval or square baking dish or a loaf pan, then sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake one hour and 15 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers 165*. Remove from oven, pour off any excess fat and let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
from Gael Green, Insatiable