It's gotten to be that Superbowl-ey time of year. Well, technically it's January, and many people are doing Veganuary or some sort of weird juice cleanse, but for me, winter is all about the comfort food. In my nearly-40s, I've come to admit that I would rather love my extra pounds rather than be hangry and cheese-deprived for months on end.
Where was I? Oh right, Superbowl. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Anyhow, I was on Pinterest looking for some inspiration and someone had some weird thing they called a meatloaf melt or some such. Ah meatloaf, that delicious creation of hamburger that's so horribly awful to photograph and saddled with an unfortunate name. I love me a good meatloaf, despite it's unphotogenic properties. But this one was photogenic.
And it looked amazing. Homer-drool-worthy, even.
By force of will, I forced myself to refrain from licking the screen. Then I did what I hardly ever do: I clicked the pin. And went... to a spam site. Which is why I almost never click the pins unless it's like, a rich-pin verified site (incidentally YMC's Pinterest is rich pin now! And you follow us, right?!:). Anyway, after a brief stab of disappointment, I realized: Hey! I'm a food blogger. I have a meatloaf recipe. How hard can it be?
And the answer is: it's not. In fact, this is so easy any student with access to a hot iron, a slice of mom's leftover meatloaf, and a little creativity in dorm cooking can make it. Or a regular human being with access to a stove and a frying pan.
It's just like a grilled cheese, except more manly and so dripping-with-ketchup-and-ground-beef goodness. If you have leftover meatloaf, make this! Or if you're having a bunch of guys over for the big Superbowl game, make this then, too. In fact, make it anytime at all.
And then invite me over, because I would never say no to a meatloaf grilled cheese.
Oh, you need a meatloaf recipe? I've got you covered.
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup cracker crumbs (or bread crumbs)
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a bread loaf tin.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar, mustard, and ketchup.
In a large bowl, combine everything else and mix it well with your hands.
Press it into the loaf pan and top with the ketchup sauce. Bake for 1 hour, or until cooked through.
Drain, slice, and serve! Or make the grilled cheese.
Sliced Monterey Jack, Jalapeno Monterey, or aged Cheddar cheese (pick your favourite!)
Great sliced bread (sourdough or French stick... oval loaves suit the height of meatloaf better anyway)
Leftover sliced meatloaf
In a frying pan on medium heat, fry the slices of meatloaf till hot through.
Butter two pieces of bread, place one face down on the frying pan, top with the cheese, heated meatloaf, and other slice of bread. Grill the bread as you would a regular grilled cheese, holding the sandwich together as you flip it.
Slice, serve and eat while hot and ooey gooey melty!