Danish Mock Hare (Forloren Hare)

You’ve got to love the Danes’ name for meatloaf: “Mock Hare.” This makes a beautiful company dish—slice the “hare” thin, offer a generous tossed salad alongside, and serve with new potatoes and crusty bread to soak up the rich gravy.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutesDifficulty: Medium


Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. minced veal
  • ½ lb. minced pork
  • ½ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup half-and-half
  • ¼ cup seltzer water
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 2 lbs. small potatoes, peeled
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine the veal, pork, breadcrumbs, onion, parsley, egg, half-and-half, and seltzer water in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Form into a 9” by 5” loaf.
  • Lay 4 slices of bacon (lengthwise and slightly overlapping) in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Place the meatloaf on top to align lengthwise with bacon. Lay the remaining 8 slices of bacon (crosswise and slightly overlapping) over the top of the meatloaf, from end-to-end.
  • In a large bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, rosemary, thyme, lemon slices, salt, and pepper. Add to the roasting pan around the meatloaf.
  • Place pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes to brown the bacon and potatoes. Stir the potatoes, reduce heat to 325°F and cook an additional 30 minutes, or until potatoes are soft in the middle.