This ain’t yo’ mama’s meatloaf sandwich!

Being an avid foodie, there isn’t much I love to do more than don my vintage apron and get busy with some serious kitchen witchin’. As much as I love to cook, it may seem odd that I rarely post my recipes on this blog. It’s not that I don’t like to share. It’s more a matter of not actually cooking with recipes.

I guess you could say I approach cooking like I approach life. Driven by improvisation and instinct, I work with what I’ve got, no set-in-stone plan in mind. Thus, my life and my cooking are often blessed or cursed with inconsistencies. A bi-polar chef; I can achieve both disappointing lows and wonderfully exhilarating highs in the kitchen. Rarely is anything I cook simply mediocre. God forbid, I aim for and accomplish anything average!

That being said, there is no possible way I could write the recipe for the delicious turkey meatloaf I made last night. All I can tell you is that I spiced the meat with an unmeasured combination of chopped onion, minced garlic, oregano, marjoram, black pepper, salt, and the ingredients of a Simon and Garfunkel song.

I served the meatloaf with homemade brown gravy, mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley. It was a huge triumph. It was so yummy, there was much eagerness for a lunch-time reprisal of the meat today. If you’ve caught-on to how I roll in my apron, you’ll know that it would be against my nature to serve leftovers the same way as I served the original.

Enter the ‘Ain’t Yo’ Mama’s Meatloaf Sandwich.’ OMG! A spicy, sweet slice of pure heaven. I just had to document it for future reference. If you ever find yourself burdened with a few slices of leftover meatloaf, please try this recipe. You won’t be disappointed.

Here’s what you’ll use:
- Slice(s) of leftover meatloaf
- 2 pieces of bread (I used ordinary white bread)
- Monterey Pepper-Jack cheese (with jalapeno peppers)
- Your favorite B-B-Q sauce (I used a tangy sweet Memphis style sauce)
- 1 tblsp. olive oil (add some garlic and italian seasoning to the oil)

Here’s the gist of the technique:
- Brush the bread on both sides with the olive oil mixture
- Place bread on tray in toaster-oven and bake at low heat till lightly browned
- Cover one slice of bread with pepper jack cheese and continue to bake for approx. 1 min. to melt the cheese

- Spread B-B-Q sauce over one side of meatloaf slice and nuke for approx. 1 minute (or however long it takes for your microwave oven to heat a piece of meatloaf)
- Place heated meat (b-b-q sauce side up) on top of bread with melted cheese
- Place other piece of bread on top
- Press sandwich together with a spatula, and heat for another 15 seconds in the toaster-oven
- Flip sandwich and heat for another 15 seconds

- Give me a call, and invite me over for lunch

That’s it! Enjoy!


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