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Yemen Meat Loaf

2 1/2 lb Ground beef 

3 tbl Flour

 1 Tbl Oil

 1 tsp Salt

 1 tsp Pepper 

1 Tbl Zhug

 3 tbl Oil 

1 cup Finely chopped onions 

1 cup Sliced mushrooms 

1 cup Chopped parsley

3 Eggs

 Cooking Instructions: 

Combine ground beef with flour, 1 tbsp oil, salt, pepper and zhug. Form the meat mixture into a 10-inch loaf. Make a well the entire length of the loaf. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a skillet. Saute together the onions, mushrooms and parsley until the onions are golden. Place the mixture in the well of the loaf. Lightly beat the eggs and pour over the vegetables. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pat the sides of the loaf together to close up the well, and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes.

 The loaf may be served either hot or cold. Zhug is a source of pride among the Yemenite population. Made with the sharpest of chili peppers, it is eaten with classically oriental Jewish meals. More than just a condiment, it is a tradition. Yemenites believe that daily consumption of Zhug wards off disease and strengthens the heart. It can be an addition to salad, and a sauce for various kinds of meat, fish and poultry dishes. Use this hot and spicy blend sparingly to start with until you are comfortable with the heat level.