A meatloaf sandwich is simply the best! Meatloaf is probably one of the few leftovers that actually gets eaten. There’s nothing better or more satisfying than a well-constructed sandwich made from meatloaf.
And I’m not talking about a piece of meatloaf slapped between two pieces of bread. This is a well-crafted sandwich that equals nothing less than a very tasty, impressive meal by itself.
For the ultimate meatloaf sandwich to work, it needs to have a combination of textures and flavors that complement each other and are nestled between two slices of a hearty-type bread.
This is not your standard variety squishy, easy-to-mash plastic wrapped “sandwich” bread. A multi-grain, sourdough or a rustic white bread make the best meatloaf sandwiches.
The Pan Makes a Difference in a Meatloaf Sandwich
A loaf pan makes for a tighter meatloaf that will hold together better on your sandwich.
The ideal meatloaf will retain its moisture and flavor the day after, unlike turkey that is generally dried out after its initial serving. The ideal meatloaf will also not be full of chunky or shredded veggies that impact the overall density of the loaf affecting its stability in your second day sandwich.
Open-Faced Meatloaf Sandwich or Closed?
There are benefits both to the closed meatloaf sandwich and an open-faced meatloaf sandwich. The closed sandwich doesn’t generally require utensils to eat.
It‘s more portable for those of us who don’t like to eat at the table and would rather eat in front of the TV. The closed-faced sandwich has a limit as to what you can pile on it to keep it manageable.
The open-faced meatloaf sandwich, however, has two schools of thought. The first being it’s a lighter sandwich because you’re missing the top slice of bread.
There is also the thought that you can better taste the ingredients making up the sandwich without that extra slice. The second school of thought is that you can pile more on it.
Use your bottom slice to soak up gravy you may add to the top. Add a mound of fried onions or mashed potatoes to your open-faced meatloaf sandwich; dig out the knife and fork and you’ve got a new meal.
Crown it with Caramelized Onions
When I have leftover meatloaf and I want to make a delicious meatloaf sandwich, rich in flavor, I choose to add caramelized onions. The onions will have a rich, slightly sweet taste to go with the savory flavor of the meatloaf.
That combined with a smooth, flavorful mayonnaise blend, a little cheese and some crisp romaine lettuce on a baguette or multi-grain bread makes the second day sandwich almost better than the original meal. Here’s my recipe for the ultimate meatloaf sandwich.
For the onions, thinly slice a small to medium sized red onion. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small frying pan. Add the thinly sliced onions and sauté for about 10 minutes until the onions start to lightly brown.
Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature. While cooling, make the sandwich spread below.
Sandwich Spread Ingredients
- 3 tablespoons of real mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
- 1 garlic clove minced
When the caramelized onions have cooled, assemble your sandwich. Slather your bread with the sandwich spread, add your meatloaf, a couple of slices of Monterrey Jack cheese, 2 crisp pieces of romaine lettuce, and then add your caramelized onions. Top with the other slice of bread and enjoy.
Restaurant Favorite Meatloaf Sandwich
When eating out, my personal favorite meatloaf sandwich, hands down, is served at Hash House A-Go-Go in Las Vegas. Their motto is “Twisted Farm Food”.
They excel in adding a level of excitement to food and eating by taking old family recipes and adding their twist.
Their meatloaf sandwich is an easy 5 inches tall and contains their griddle warmed, famously moist and tasty meatloaf, grilled smoked mozzarella and roasted red peppers all on a thick grilled fresh Amish-style milk bread….simply the best.