Stuffed Mini MeatLoaf; Horse, anyone?

I can’t buy ground veal or ground turkey or ground chicken here… And rarely see ground pork.

Bulk sausage, yes, but not just ground pork.

In Andorra I could find all of the above, as I’m sure you all can in the US.

But not here. (Although current news shows are talking rather a lot about ground horse – more on that below.)

That’s okay.

We like beef.

We don’t buy the pricier cuts – steaks and such, because they’re not what we like.

I’ll freely admit I’m spoiled.

My favorite steak is a 2 inch thick filet mignon, medium rare, so tender it can be cut with a butter knife.

That’s simply not possible here.

So we eat ground beef. 

And we’ve always loved meatloaf!

Stuffed Mini Meatloaf

Total time: 45 min


  • 12oz (350gr) ground beef (mince)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 cup chopped Greek olives
  • 1/4 cup pimiento, chopped
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) tomato sauce

Stuffed Meatloaf


  • In large bowl lightly beat egg. 
  • Add all of the rest of the ingredients through basil, except beef, and mix well. 
  • Add beef and mix well – best to use your hand, kneading it like bread dough. 
  • Divide into quarters. Using 2 quarters make two flat loaves and put into a baking pan.
  • Divide feta, olives, pimiento and arrange on each loaf.
  • Top with remaining beef and seal the edges  
  • Bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes. 
  • Remove and pour tomato sauce evenly over loaves. 
  • Bake 15 minutes longer or until done.  

As to the horse….

We can buy horse at all the supermarkets here and it’s available at many restaurants.

In Andorra horses were raised for food and sold in both France and Spain.

All well and good.

The current brouhaha is that prepared meals, such as lasagne, that are labeled as ‘pure beef’, actually contain horse from an abattoir in Romania.

On the surface the problem is with misleading labels, substituting a cheaper meat, and so on….

The real problem (IMHO) is it’s being sold in the UK.

To the best of my knowledge the Brit’s don’t eat horse….

And really, really, really don’t want to eat horse.

Just so you know – At least in Andorra, it was a special breed of horse that was raised for food…. not Thoroughbreds.

5 thoughts on “Stuffed Mini MeatLoaf; Horse, anyone?”

  1. Thanks for clarifying that, Kate. I remember my grandmother, and even my mother, talking about eating horse during WWII – different reasons, different times. Good to have a clearer picture of the brouhaha!

  2. Linda, I can buy it at the supermarket…. Well, I could if I wanted to….
    manningroad, we have, not intentionally..
    Margarita, you’re welcome. There were herds of food horses all over Andorra.

  3. I love most animals and only reluctantly eat them, and not that often; usually if it is a chicken I will eat it, beef, Ok although rarely, but a horse, never; I did taste it while living in France and did not find the experience all that fascinating. prefer other meats, horses are beautiful, sensitivie creatures.

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