If your leftovers leave you feeling distinctly uninspired, don’t worry. We’ve got just the thing. Here are 15 leftover meatloaf recipes that’ll make meatloaf exciting again.
We’ve never been the sort of people to tackle our leftovers head on.
We’d rather start a fresh shopping list than idle inside the fridge door thinking about whether that half an onion, nearly empty jar of horseradish, day old bread and those last few eggs have the makings of today’s dinner.
Too often, our leftovers revival extends merely to cramming everything in a sandwich and hoping for the best — and given the wealth of sandwich recipes on this blog, it’s an approach that’s served us very well — for the most part.
As the festive season comes to an end and we un-deck the halls and un-jingle the bells, it’s the veritable mountain of made-ahead meatloaf in our freezer we’re thinking of. (But you can always just use last night’s leftover meatloaf.)
We hosted Christmas this year and because meatloaf is particularly well-suited to feeding the masses and because
Southerners don’t believe in moderation, we’re now up to our ears in Tupperware full of the stuff.
The prospect of so many sandwiches has never seemed quite so daunting before.
But no matter. We persevere.
Here are 15 leftover meatloaf recipes to help you turn your loaf to new use: from the Mex-Italian Burrito Wrap to two kinds of classic meatloaf sandwiches, sweet-heat of Leftover Meatloaf Chili, and yes, budget-stretching Meatloaf
Fried Rice plus Meatloaf Leftovers & Noodles…
…you’ll be surprised at the flexibility and how these recipes will inspire you to come up with your own leftover meatloaf traditions.
Yes, dear reader, you read that right — we’re starting this list with a sandwich.
And what a wonderful sandwich it is.
Zesty, pungent meatloaf slathered in smoky BBQ sauce nestled between soft, well-buttered bread: this is one to snarf down all by yourself, not to share.
The idea of a burrito with peppers, chile habanero sauce and leftover meatloaf seemed quite curious — until we tried it.
Then, of course, it proved to be the most obviously delicious thing in the world.
Simple, flawless, delicious: this one just makes sense.
Wondering what to make with leftover meatloaf?
One of the big benefits of meatloaf is that any leftovers can be smashed to smithereens (or delicately crumbled if you prefer, but we rather like using our meat tenderizer, thanks), disguised as ground beef, lobbed into the ragu of your choosing and turned into a pan of pasta, like so.
While the chef behind the recipe makes this one gluten-free, you can apply ingredients as such, or sub in the everyday ingredients you always use.
Now, while there’s ragu still on your mind, here’s a passionately rich, vigorously garlicky iteration to cook up for dinner tonight.
Add a handful of grated parmesan and toss with your favorite noodles to serve.
The recipe advises you to think of this as a “dump and mix”.
It is really just a way of saying it’s quick and fast.
And not nearly as much washing up, which is a win.
We’re getting pasta-drunk on this redolent, hearty baked ziti.
Not only can it be made well in advance, once baked, this pasta is perfectly content to be let alone till it’s time to serve.
It’s what makes it such perfect party-fare.
Just make sure there’s lots of wine to drink.
Single-handedly reaffirmed our dogged devotion to breakfast foods — this is that good.
Its siren-scent alone is enough to cajole us out of bed most mornings.
Could granola and blueberries do that, d’you think? Unlikely.
If you’re unsure what to do with leftover meatloaf, this sweet-heat chili adds the perfect balance of tangy sweet and meaty heat.
Add a splash and dash of your own favorite hot sauce as you’re about to tuck in if you’re positively addicted to the idea of more spicy heat with this one.
We have just the cast iron cornbread recipe to go with!
10. Meatloaf Quiche
We usually only make quiche when it’s the picnic-time-of-year — but given its (largely unacknowledged) adaptability we really should be eating it all year round.
Starting with this pleasingly buttery, delicately rich iteration. Roll out the picnic blanket if you must; this is one you’ve got to try.
Take your mac and cheese up a notch with the addition of last night’s meatloaf.
It’s great in a pinch because there’s very nearly nothing to get wrong and so comfortingly indulgent that even if you do manage, by some miracle, to screw it up, any mishaps can be masked with yet more cheese.
Now, if only life were like that more often . . .
A big bowl of fried rice on your knee is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Admittedly, it’s no posh masterpiece but then that never was the point, was it?
If you’ve got a hankering for fried rice, you’re in need of comforting, friend. The only thing that could make it better is a big glass of cold beer . . . or two.
Pizza-puritans, we aren’t — and we hope, for that matter, that neither are you because this is really quite good.
It’d be a shame to miss out all on account of your outdated notions about “dough” and “sauce.”
Please don’t call the Pizza Police on us. Unless, of course, they’ve got these delectable pizzas in prison. Then we’ll call ourselves.
We’re finishing this list of recipes for leftover meatloaf just as we started it — with a sandwich, of course.
Quit while you’re ahead and all that.
This grilled cheese is all about simplicity and comfort: you can swap out the provolone for Kraft Singles and the sourdough for Wonder Bread all without missing the point.
The bottom line
The next time you’re bored at a dinner party, try starting an argument about whose mother/grandmother/auntie makes the best meatloaf*.
We find it inflames a table full of people like nothing else — not even politics.
Admittedly, we don’t get invited to very many dinner parties nowadays but it’s probably got nothing to do with this.
In any case, thank you for reading through to the end of another roundup!
Is meatloaf popular at your house? What do you do with the leftovers? And is a sandwich really the best way to go?
- Leftover Meatloaf Sandwiches
- Mex-Italian Meatloaf Wrap
- Meatloaf Tacos
- Leftover Meatloaf Pasta Bake
- Leftover Meatloaf Pasta Sauce
- Super Easy Budget-Stretching Leftover Meatloaf & Noodles
- Meatloaf Baked Ziti
- Leftover Meatloaf Hash
- Chipotle Sweet Corn Leftover Meatloaf Chilli
- Meatloaf Quiche
- Meatloaf Mac And Cheese Stuffed Peppers
- The Best Meatloaf Sandwich Ever
- Meatloaf Fried Rice
- Meatloaf Naan Pizzas
- Grilled Meatloaf Melt
- Check out our list of Leftover Meatloaf Recipes for a fast meal!
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