8 ounces mushrooms, sliced Butter
Salt & Freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces chicken livers
1 pound each ground beef, ground pork, ground veal
1 pound sausage meat
1 large onion, grated
3 fat cloves garlic, crushed to a paste
10 juniper berries, crushed
1 teaspoon ground allspice
Fresh thyme sprigs
1 to 2 eggs
8 ounces unsmoked bacon
Branches of fresh rosemary
Tomato sauce, for serving
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Step 2: Saute the mushrooms in butter until the juices run, then season with salt and pepper and nutmeg. Reserve.
Step 3: Remove the sinews from the livers and slice. In a large bowl combine all the ground meats, sausage, livers, onion, garlic, and juniper berries.
Step 4: Season with salt and pepper. Beat the eggs and add to the mixture together with the mushrooms. Mix with your hands thoroughly.
Step 5: Oil a roasting pan and place all the mixture in it, molding it into an oval shape. Adorn with the bacon slices, criss-crossed, tucking the ends under the meat. Strew some bay leaves and branches of rosemary on the top and sides.
Step 6: Cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 degrees and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
Step 7: When cooked, there will be lots of lovely juices in the bottom of the pan. Save them to flavor soup, stocks, or eggs. Remove the loaf and place on a serving dish. Serve hot or cold with a tomato sauce.
Step 8: For children, you might like to turn it into a hedgehog by pressing almonds into the meat to create prickles and placing 3 olives to form eyes and a nose. This should be done before the meat goes into the oven. Yield: 10 to 12 servings