There are a couple of things I will never understand how to do. One of them is how to get the meatloaf out of the pan without it crumbling apart. I see pictures of a perfect loaf, nicely browned, beautifully sliced and I’m amazed. I love my meatloaf recipe, but it isn’t very picturesque when I get done with it. It’s brown, I can get a few slices from it, but otherwise it’s a loaded pile of cooked ground beef.
But instead of sharing my meatloaf recipe, which, even though it may not stick together well, does use crumbled bacon in it, I thought I’d share some ways you can use up leftover meatloaf. I don’t mind repeating a dinner for lunch the next day, but after that, I don’t know about you, but I start to get sick of the same old meal. I like to change it up. And meatloaf is excellent for it’s ability to be the base for so many different recipes.
My favorite way to use leftover meatloaf is to turn it into a sloppy joe. With all the ingredients in the meatloaf, I think it makes a better sloppy joe than making just a sloppy joe. My recipe for turning a meatloaf into a sloppy joe is below. But first, here are a couple of other ways of turning boring leftovers into something new and tasty. You might even find yourself making extra just so you can have some leftover to make these new dinner ideas.
Though a crumbled meatloaf is perfect for a sloppy joe, it’s just as good in a spaghetti sauce. Heat the meat in a pan, add a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce, 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until warm; serve over noodles.
If you are one of the lucky ones and can successfully remove the meatloaf from the pan and still have a loaf, thinly slice off some of the meatloaf and place it on a buttered piece of bread and make a Patty Melt. Simply butter bread and toast it on the skillet with the sliced meatloaf. Add a slice of cheese and top it with a favorite condiment; sauteed onion, mayo, mustard, egg. Top with a toasted bread.
Think about what recipes you like that uses ground beef and use the leftover, crumbled meatloaf as a substitute. Taco Salad? Biscuits and gravy? Tater tot casserole? How do you like to reuse leftover meatloaf? I may not be able to make the perfect looking meatloaf, but I can turn it into a perfect tasting sloppy joe!
MEATLOAF SLOPPY JOE
lettuce, tomato, cheese, fried onions, pickles
Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add the meatloaf. Using a potato masher or spoon, break the meatloaf up into small pieces – crumbling the meatloaf up. First add the ketchup. Add about 1/2-cup to a cup to thin out the crumbled meatloaf. Next, add 1/4-cup to 1/2-cup of your favorite barbecue sauce. Lastly, add a few tablespoons of mustard.
As you add ketchup, barbecue sauce and mustard, adjust the flavoring. If you like more mustard, add more. Salt and pepper can be added along with dashes of hot sauce, if desired. To serve, add lettuce, a tomato slice, pickle and cheese. Enjoy!
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