Leftover meatloaf is miraculously made into a meatloaf sandwich that will make you wish there was still more. The meatloaf gets crisped in a skillet, smothered with melty cheese, and slathered with a sweet and spicy mayo.
How do I keep my leftover meatloaf from being dry?
If you’ve followed our recipe for Sam Zien’s meatloaf with spinach, you shouldn’t have any dried-up meatloaf to begin with. But, we get it, dry meatloaf happens. This recipe for a leftover meatloaf sandwich has a super tasty, creamy sauce that will amp up the moisture in your ‘loaf, but there is another thing you can do. Add a very little bit of water to your skillet when you’re reheating the slices and cover them with a lid. Once the liquid is gone, the slice will quickly crisp.
Leftover Meatloaf Sandwich
- Quick Glance
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 20 M
- Makes 2 sandwiches
- For the sauce
- For the sandwiches
In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, apricot jam, chipotles, and mayonnaise.
In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the meatloaf slices until heated through and starting to get crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Flip the slices of meatloaf, divvy the cheese between them, and cook until the cheese begins to melt, 2 to 3 minutes more. Slide the meatloaf slices onto a plate.
Add the bread to the skillet and cook until just toasted.
Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sauce on two slices of the toasted bread. Top each slice with arugula, half of the cheese-topped meatloaf, and the final slice of bread.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I had made Brian Voltaggio’s Homemade Meatloaf recipe earlier in the week, so I had some nice, thick slices of a very tasty, leftover meatloaf. Normally I just toss a bit of mayo and ketchup on bread and have it cold, as the meatloaf reminds me a bit of pate when served cold.
I heated my meatloaf slice on medium high heat, about 90 seconds, then turned it over for another 90 seconds. I repeated that again, then topped it with a few slices of provolone. I had made a hearty grain whole wheat sourdough so I added the toasted meatloaf to my toasted bread. This recipe for leftover meatloaf sandwich certainly kicks a meatloaf sandwich up a notch! That mix of the ketchup and chipotle chile sauce mixed in with that little bit of the apricot jam to add that hint of sweetness, really makes the meatloaf shine. I washed it all down with a nice cold can of Narragansett lager, a great pairing!
Meatloaf makes the quintessential sandwich. And this leftover meatloaf sandwich is a winner—crisped slices of meatloaf, wrapped in melty cheese, all enrobed in a creamy, spicy sauce and stashed between slices of great toasted bread.
That's all you need to know....except, this is a "great fricking sandwich" and is reason enough alone, to make meatloaf to begin with. Yes, I am a fan of leftover meatloaf. As luck would have it, I had made meatloaf, so this fit in perfectly with my leftover life!