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Leftover Meatloaf

Any suggestions? Nothing too crazy, but just to make it re-appetizing. I didn't use ketchup, but A-1 instead so it's got more of a smoky flavor than the usual ketchup flavor to it.

I also have a small (pint size Chinese soup takeout container) amount of potatoes leftover as well, but the meatloaf greatly outweighs the potatoes.

I'm looking for super-duper easy.


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  1. That looks like a couple of homemade "tv dinners" with some added frozen peas, or some such. I line an aluminum pie plate with plastic wrap, or wax paper, prepare the meal, cover tighly, and freeze. These can be heated in the microwave, or having used foil, can be heated in the oven.
    How about a meal of hot meatloaf sandwiches, with the potato on the side. Mashed reheats in the microwave well. I love cold meatloaf sandwiches, myself, with any sauce...ketchup, A1, BBQ, chili sauce....with or without mayo, and some lettuce.

    Leftover meatloaf is always good in a quick pasta sauce, or anything that requires cooked ground meat.

    I look forward to other ideas posted.


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    1. re: violabratsche

      Comfort food. Meatloaf sandwiches on Wonder Bread, with ketchup.

      Yum. Can't beat it.

      1. re: dolores

        I'll take mine on Jewish seeded rye, thanks. But couldn't agree more. One of my all-time favorites. I make meatloaf just for the leftovers. Don't even like it all that much hot out of the oven. But cold out of the refrigerator . . . heaven! And it's the only time I eat ketchup. I put mustard on my burgers, vinegar on my fries, but ketchup on my meatloaf sandwiches. Uh-oh. Just writing about it and I feel the craving coming on.

        1. re: JoanN

          Ditto JoanN! Also on Acme Levain or Sweet Batard. Mmmmm. I also like it cold much better than warmed up.

        2. re: dolores

          Could not agree more. A little extra salt and you are good to go!

          1. re: dolores

            OMG- I want one too! I also only really make meatloaf for the wonderful leftovers all week long... heavenly.

            1. re: MeffaBabe

              I thought everyone knew that fresh meatloaf is merely the larval stage of the meatloaf sandwich.

              If the Significant Other insists on hot leftovers, you can take two slabs of meatloaf, brushed with whatever sauce you incorporated into the mixture, laid over a bed of your leftover mashed potatoes in a gratin dish and put into a hot oven for a little while and then finished under the broiler. This is not elegant fare, but with some quick succotash or a green salad it's pretty damn good. In the absence of potato, I've also laid it over some well-buttered and garlicked noodles, tossed first in a handful of mixed fresh-grated Parmesan and panko crumbs.

              1. re: Will Owen

                Larval stage - that's pretty funny, and accurate! I like meatloaf panninis, grilled with some good cheese on ciabatta.

              2. re: MeffaBabe

                with slices of very sharp cheddah.

          2. I like to really refashion my leftovers. I've had good luck with making meatlof tacos or Italian sandwiches - best if you have a basic meatloaf.

            For either one, I saute some sliced onions and garlic. For tacos, I also saute some sliced peppers and frozen corn. Into both, I crumble the meatloaf and warm it, then top with a jar of diced tomatoes. For tacos, I season with chili powder, cumin, cayenne and chopped cilantro. Use that as taco meat with any other fixins. For Italian sandwich, I season with basil, oregano, roasted red pepper, maybe some wine, and serve on Italian bread with parm and mozzarella.

            If you want to use your taters, perhaps a Shepherd's pie would work. Onions, garlic, crumble meatloaf, add some veggies (peas, corn, carrots, etc.). Top in a casserole with your mashed taters.

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            1. re: katecm

              I do something similar to katecm... I crumble the meatloaf into a bowl, add enchilada sauce and rice, and make enchiladas out of it (cheese and sauce on top, of course!) I have also made a meat sauce using leftovers... saute up some onions and garlic, add the crumbled meatloaf, sauce, and maybe some frozen peas. You can also add carrots and celery. It's very good with wheat pasta!

              1. re: katecm

                While I usually only make meatloaf to use for cold sandwiches for lunch during the week, I have also used it to make a shepard's pie type dish and it was quite good. I usally cut up the meatloaf, add some carrots or corn and a little bit of gravy and then top with mashed potatoes and throw it in the oven to warm up.

              2. When I was growing up, my mom would always make Shepherd's pie out of the leftovers, but with a twist: she'd slice the leftover meatloaf into thin slices and layer in the casserole, cover with the leftover grazy, then the leftover mashed potatoes, then chedder cheese. She'd assempble during clean-up on the meatloaf night. Then just pop in the oven the next night. Corn or other veggie on the side.

                It is truly super-easy... but does depend on having the requisite leftovers. Or you could whip up some more potatoes to supplement yours, and a can of gravy?

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                1. re: happybellynh

                  There's only two of us, I might use a small (really small) little baking dish I have to do so. I also have some frozen petite peas in the freezer. I was thinking shepherd's pie!! Thanks for all the great suggestions!!

                2. I'm on a lowfat veg diet right now, so this comes under "eating vicariously", but panfrying or grilling the meatloaf makes for a very nice sandwich, especially with some grilled or raw onions. Ketchup _and_ mayo for me on that. I agree with another responder that meatloaf is better as a leftover.

                  1. The ONLY good thing I learned from my first MIL was how to make an excellent meatloaf sandwich. Toast whole wheat , or bread of your choice, top with thinly sliced sour pickles and add a couple of good squirts of ketchup. Heaven.

                    1. one of my favorites...a hunk of cold meatloaf, salt and ketchup. no bread,nothing else.

                      1. Cut it into cubes, top with a slice of garlic, a bit of red chili pepper or jalapeno, melt some pepper jack (or your favorite cheese) over it.

                        1. Chop it up and make a pasta sauce with canned tomatoes, etc. Season to taste and cook it long and slow. You can freeze it for later.

                          1. sometimes my mom used it for nachos as an appetizer/after school munchie the following day. Just add some seasoning if you like, put over your favorite chips, top with cheese and stick it in the oven. You can add beans for something more filling, and serve with salsa or guac and sour cream.

                            1. Slice it and freeze it in canned beef gravy. Use as Emergency Dinner with baked potatoes and some kind of vegetable.

                              1. wow, I was looking for some ideas on what to do with my left over meatloaf (besides the delicious sandwiches) and found some wonderful ideas here. I have also heard of crumbling it up in chili (actually that's what a lot of restaurants do with their leftovers). Thanks for some of the new ideas though-and to the original poster for having the same question as me, I never thought of using it in shepard's pie, I think we'll be having that tonight!

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                                1. re: Kay52

                                  When you think about it, a meatloaf is really just a meatball on steroids. There is no good reason to make just one meatloaf. You must always make 2 at a time: one is to eat immediately, and the other is for left-overs. The effort is about the same for making one, two, or even three -- just more ingredients. And talk about freezing well!

                                  1. re: PattiCakes

                                    Actually, the way my husband makes it, it's actually almost a pate!

                                  2. re: Kay52

                                    Chili--Yes! One of my standard reincarnations for meatloaf is chili. It's really good. Or homemade spaghetti sauce, since, as PattiCakes says, it's a meatball on steroids. .

                                    That is, if it isn't consumed via sandwich.

                                  3. i just had to click on this thread to punish myself! i want a meatloaf sandwich just now! i sure hope curlieglamourgirlie ate well back a year ago!!! {8^D.

                                    1. Make a "chicken fried meatloaf"

                                      Bread and batter a 1/4 slice of the meatloaf, pan fry, top with gravy, and serve. Yum.

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                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        ipse, you've been watchin' paula, now haven't you?

                                        1. re: alkapal

                                          Actually, she called me for the recipe. :-)

                                        2. !. Make a homemade pizza and slice the meatloaf and add that
                                          2. Make a homemade chunky tomato sauce, crumble up the meatloaf over pasta and then add the sauce
                                          3. Saute onions and peppers and add chunks of the meatloaf and potatoes
                                          4. make a version of shephards pie

                                          Nothing better than leftover meatloaf!

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                                          1. re: jnk

                                            Your #3 reminds when I've done leftover meatloaf "Philly Cheesesteak" style, sauteed until hot through, with mushrooms, peppers, onions & whiz on a good hoagie roll

                                            1. re: jnk

                                              I have to agree with your number "1." Following a dinner of meatloaf, we always make homemade pizza the next night. The leftover meatloaf makes a great pizza topping.

                                            2. Patty melts with sauteed onions, sloppy joes on a bun with pickles, chili (serve with Fritos)

                                              1. If I were cast away on a desert island I would choose meatloaf and pasta.

                                                I recently made Alton Brown's meatloaf recipe. It has a nice sweet glaze. I used the leftovers cubed in marinara sauce over spaghetti. The glaze made the sauce surprisingly delectable.

                                                1. The best "what do we have in the fridge?" casserole I ever made involved cubed leftover meatloaf, sauteed eggplant, roasted red peppers and brown rice bound with some tomato sauce. Added lots of oregano and black pepper, sprinkled feta on top and threw it in the oven until it was hot all the way through and the feta started to brown. I've used mozzarella since with gooier, less piquant results. Still a good use of leftovers, though.