When my sons were still living at home, meat loaf sandwiches were a staple in their school lunches. This inexpensive sandwich meat option was cheaper in price than cold cuts, had better flavor, and was much healthier as well. For families on a budget, serving up meat loaf sandwiches instead of using expensive canned meats or deli cold cuts can help trim grocery costs. Here’s how it’s done:
1. How to make a decent meat loaf for sandwiches. Making homemade cold cuts from meat loaf starts with a great meat loaf recipe. You can use your own or my blend which is rather simple:
1-1/2 pounds lean hamburger
1/2 seasoned ground pork sausage
1 cup bread or cracker crumbs ( I use seasoned onion crackers from the discount stores to make the crumbs)
1/4 pound shredded cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix meats, crumbs, eggs, and a dash of salt in bowl. Knead until thoroughly combined.
3. Turn into a 4 x 8 loaf pan.
4. Bake for 90-100 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 170 degrees.
5. Remove from oven. Lift meat loaf from pan and set on a platter. Sprinkle the top with the cheddar cheese, return to oven for a couple of minutes until cheese has melted.
6. Let meat loaf cool on counter for 30 minutes, wrap and place in refrigerator.
2. Slicing meat loaf for sandwiches: After the meat loaf has thoroughly chilled overnight, it can be sliced for sandwiches just like you might slice leftover roast. To prevent drying, slice up the meat as you need it instead of slicing up everything in one sitting.
3. How to dress up a meat loaf sandwich: My sons preferred plain meat loaf on their sandwiches with a dollop of mayonnaise. Other ways to dress up a meat loaf sandwich include
* Mashing up the meat loaf with mayonnaise & a dash of mustard for a “deviled” meat spread.
* Served with sprouts & sliced tomato on artisan bread.
* Combined with sliced pepper jack, shredded lettuce, and sliced red onion on hoagies.