I like your explanation Jimeats.
fpczyz, I was in the Navy but don’t remember an egg in the middle of meatloaf, but then again I don’t remember eating meatloaf in the Navy and if I did, I guess I never got the egg part. What I do remember on my ship was boiled lobster for the main dish and baked Alaska for dessert every Friday. It never varied.
The first time I encountered the egg in the middle thing was with empanadas in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Since the empanadas were relatively small they used smaller quails eggs. I have a local food magazine around here somewhere that describes why the egg in the middle of meatloaf by a letter to the editor written by a guy who visits Roadfood.com but more frequently on eGullet.com. Maybe if he sees this he can explain better.