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Close up of the face of Easter Bunny Meatloaf for the Easter Table
Easter Bunny BBQ Meatloaf
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Easter Bunny BBQ Meatloaf! A recipe that’s fun to make, tastes delicious and a crowd pleaser for both kids and adults alike! Brushed with BBQ sauce, the meatloaf is juicy and tangy. The surprise in the middle is just icing on the cake!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, bbq
Keyword: easter meatloaf, meatloaf with a whole egg in it
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 497 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
Ingredients
  • 1/3 lb Ground Beef 85/15, raw
  • 1/3 lb Ground Pork, raw
  • 1/3 lb Ground Lamb raw
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley or 1 Tbs dried Parsley
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 eggs for hard boiling
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce We like Famous Dave's Devil's Spit
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 olives (I used green but any will work)
  • 3 pieces of dried spaghetti
  • 4 pieces cooked prosciutto
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a sauce pan place eggs in the bottom of pan, and cover with water.
  3. Bring water to a boil. You have to stay and watch the pan until it boils because as soon as it comes to a boil you will need to cover/seal with the pans lid and turn off the heat.
  4. Let eggs sit in the water, not removing the lid until 10 minutes have passed.
  5. At 10 minutes drain water let eggs cool before peeling.
  6. Peel 2 hard boiled eggs. Set aside.
  7. Mix Ground Meats thoroughly.
  8. Add Onions, Parsley, Salt, Pepper, Panko and beaten egg. Mix Thoroughly.
  9. Form meatloaf into a flat oval shape, placing a peeled hard boiled egg into the center of meatloaf. Then wrap sides to seal egg in the center.
  10. The meatloaf ends up looking oval like the body of a bunny.
  11. Place meatloaf on Broiler Pan (with drainage holes, you want a pan with drainage holes so as meatloaf is cooking the fat drains through to the bottom of the pan)
  12. Brush Meatloaf with BBQ sauce.
  13. Place Pan in oven on shelf closer to the top of the oven for 45 minutes or until temperature reaches 160. Be careful to not puncture the egg when testing the temperature of the meatloaf
  14. Brush Meatloaf periodically with additional BBQ sauce as it is cooking.
  15. Once meatloaf is at 160 degrees, remove from oven.
  16. Place Meatloaf on a cutting board to rest (under foil to maintain heat) for 15 minutes..
  17. While Meatloaf is resting, brush one more time with bbq sauce and decorate to look like bunny.
  18. Cut carrot into triangle shape, about 1/2" long (makes it easy to push into the meatloaf.
  19. Cut olives into 1/4" circles, (In this picture I filled the center with leftover egg yolk, but you could also leave the pimento in the middle.
  20. Break spaghetti pasta into 3 inch pieces to use for whiskers.
  21. Cut the last egg in half.
  22. one half will be used for the "cotton tail".
  23. With the other half I used some of the egg yolk to use for the centers of the eyes. From the egg white I cut out white teeth.
  24. For the ears I used prosciutto and microwaved two pieces for each ear for 1 1/2 minutes after cutting the tops to be pointy like rabbit ears. Once it came time to decorate the meatloaf I cut the ears to the right size.

  25. Once Decorated serve on a platter with a knife to cut to order from the table. When cutting the egg will appear in the center as you are carving.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional/Caloric information given was calculated using My Fitness Pal with the specific brands of ingredients I used in making this recipe.  Please note that your caloric info could be different based upon what ingredients/brands you purchase.