Meat Loaf Patty Melt Panini

by on September 21, 2010

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Get Dinner on the TableLet’s see…so far we’ve discussed the secrets to getting dinner on the table and flavor-boosting ingredients that make meals taste great with less work. Continuing with this month’s Get Dinner on the Table series, I think it’s a good time to talk about leftovers.

Have you noticed that leftovers tend to make great panini? Often it’s just a matter of adding some good bread, cheese or flavorful condiments to last night’s dinner and you’ve got a pretty fabulous sandwich. This week, I decided to parlay the first meat loaf I’ve ever made into Meat Loaf Patty Melt Panini.

With my meat loaf already done the previous day, the only task left for me to do for these panini was to caramelize some red onions (which took me all of 30 minutes and required hardly any work at all). Then I just piled the sweet onions onto some rye bread, added a slice of my leftover meat loaf and topped it with Swiss cheese. And grilled. That was it – patty melt! I actually think this meat loaf version is even better than a traditional patty melt, at least from a panini-making perspective. The meat comes in nice even slices so it lays flat on the bread, which in turn allows the panini grill to press the sandwich evenly.

I didn’t say it was a photogenic sandwich…but it’s tasty.

Meat Loaf Patty Melt Panini

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carolyn Jung September 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

It doesn’t get any more comforting than meatloaf in a sammy. And to do it panini-style puts a modern spin on it that is irresistible.


2 celeste November 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I recently made a meatloaf panini from a Rachel Ray adapted meatloaf and it was so so tasty! It included dates, carmelized onions and bacon! Yum! I just love your blog. I love paninis and get inspired by your new ideas.
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3 Jeannie April 7, 2012 at 11:36 am

What a nice recipe to use the leftover meatloaf, although I would be tempted to make meatloaf, just to have sandwiches like this.

The picture makes me hungry, and I just ate!


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