Schone Melusine German Meatloaf & Cauliflower

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 25m
Ready In

"An easy casserole. Turns out there is a folktale about a beautiful woman who made her husband promise not to look at her on Saturdays. Why? Because on Saturdays her bottom half turned into a serpent (or mermaid depending on the version)! In fact,  Some sources say that a Melusine is the symbol on the Starbuck's logo!!! Changes to recipe per Linky's suggestion."

Original is 8 servings
  • Meatloaf
  • Sauce


  • Serving Size: 1 (429.7 g)
  • Calories 512.2
  • Total Fat - 30.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 341 mg
  • Sodium - 709 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 13.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.4 g
  • Sugars - 7.1 g
  • Protein - 44.6 g
  • Calcium - 250.6 mg
  • Iron - 4.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 56 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Parboil lightly cauliflower with lemon juice.

Step 2

Season lightly.

Step 3

Mix everything else but tomatoes, cheese, flour and milk.

Step 4

Form into a doughnut shape then place into the casserole pan.

Step 5

Dry off cauliflower.

Step 6

Put in center of meatloaf.

Step 7

Put tomatoes in ring around cauliflower.

Step 8

Mix cheese, flour and milk.

Step 9

Season lightly.

Step 10

Pour over cauliflower.

Step 11

Bake covered, for 45 minutes.

Step 12

Uncover, bake 15 minutes more or until done.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


I had to try this because of the unusual name. I wasn't clear what "Fry the cauliflower" meant, so I looked at several German sites with the same recipe, slightly different ingredients. I discovered that it probably should have said either "Dry" or "Drain" the cauliflower. I parboiled the cauliflower too long and it was quite soft, but that was a minor error on my part. Did not have evaporated milk and used regular milk - too soupy! Again, my mistake. One of the German recipes mentioned to make a roux - I think that would work well. No salt was mentioned and it definitely needs some salt. In conclusion - this was an unusual, tasty dish and pretty to look at when it came out of the oven!


review by:
(17 Sep 2023)

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