Repurpose last night's dinner into a mouthwatering meatloaf sandwich topped with melty cheese and a tangy sauce!
This sandwich is perfect to use with any of your favorite meatloaf recipes. I will give you my suggested version as well as many ways you can customize it to fit your tastes!
Thoughts on the best bread
This isn't a burger, so skip the hamburger buns. I think the best meatloaf sandwich is best served on toasted sourdough or Texas toast. I particularly believe sourdough is a good option because you need tangy ingredients to cut through the richness of the sandwich. Equally good, the thick pillowy nature of Texas toast is a perfect match for tender meatloaf.
Regardless which you choose, they are best buttered and lightly browned in a skillet for additional flavor and texture.
Which cheese should you use?
Reach for a mild-flavored white cheese. You are looking for something that melts well but doesn't have an overpowering flavor. I used smoked Provolone, but regular Provolone, Muenster, or Gouda all work just as well.
Although this isn't a hamburger, it can be topped with your favorite burger toppings. However, you don't have to stick to lettuce, raw onions, or pickles. The bright flavor of quick pickled red onions would really stand out on this sandwich. Upgrading the lettuce to spicy arugula would also be a great contrast in flavor.
Meatloaf is traditionally painted in a sticky glaze, this glaze is perfect for repurposing as a sandwich condiment. My favorite glaze is a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar.
Otherwise, make a batch of my Bloody Mary Ketchup, the flavors perfectly meld with meatloaf. I add additional acidity with a dollop of Dijon mustard as well.
You can make a meatloaf sandwich out of any of your favorite meatloaf recipes. If you don't currently have leftover meatloaf in your fridge, give one of these recipes a try!
- 1 slice meatloaf (cut 1" thick)
- 2 slices Texas toast (or sourdough)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 slice Provolone cheese
- 1 leaf lettuce
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Prepare the sauce by mixing the ketchup, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar together. This is enough sauce for multiple sandwiches.
- If using leftover meatloaf, place slice in a skillet set over medium-low heat and gently bring it to temperature. Flip to cook both sides and top with cheese to melt.
- While meatloaf is reheating, spread butter on the outer slices of bread and brown in a separate skillet set over medium heat.
- Assemble sandwich by placing lettuce on bottom slice of bread, topping with meatloaf, cheese, sauce, and remaining slice of bread.
tHanks, a friend gave us some venison - will try this soon, I like your hint about not over- mixing to keep meat tender.