It’s almost a given that you are going to have leftover meatloaf whenever you make it. But have you ever wondered what to make with leftover meatloaf so it doesn’t go to waste? There are actually many things that can be done with leftover meatloaf. You could add it to soup or stew, make sandwiches, put in a casserole dish and top with biscuits; the possibilities are endless. But before we get into these delicious ideas, let’s talk about how to store your leftovers so they don’t spoil and turn into mushy piles of unrecognizable foodstuff.
For optimum leftover meatloaf freshness, it is best to wrap the entire loaf in aluminum foil and then place it in a large freezer bag. This will help keep your meatloaf from drying out. If you see that the top of your meatloaf is discolored or dry, simply cover that part with some ketchup or barbecue sauce before you put it into the freezer bag. Finally, label and date your leftovers so that you know when it was first used.
Leftover Meatloaf Casserole
To make this, start by greasing the bottom of a rectangular casserole dish. Then, line the bottom with cooked egg noodles. Next, cover the noodles with leftover meatloaf. Add some ketchup on top of the meatloaf and pour some beef broth over everything.
Add one can of cream of mushroom soup (or any other flavor), one can of condensed tomato soup, 2 cups of diced potatoes (cooked), and 1 cup of corn kernels (chilled). Finally lastly mix together 3 tablespoons melted butter with 3 tablespoons flour and slowly pour in 1 cup milk while constantly whisking so it does not lump up. Pour this sauce slowly onto your casserole so it covers all the food without spilling over.
Leftover Meatloaf Shepherd’s Pie
I love a good Shepherd’s Pie. This is a unique recipe to put a new twist on a classic dish using leftover meatloaf.
1 small onion
2 tbsp butter
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1 inch pieces
Salt to taste (about 1-2 tsp)
Pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp)
1 cup red lentils, uncooked
1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup ketchup or tomato sauce
2 tbsp mustard (Dijon or yellow)
1 lb. cooked meatloaf, cut into cubes
Directions: Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and mash with butter while still warm. Add about 1 tsp salt, pepper to taste, and 1/2 cup milk; set aside. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat until foaming. Add onion and cook for a few minutes until softened. Stir in lentils and cook for a minute or two more. Pour in stock, ketchup and mustard. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until lentils are tender (15 to 20 minutes). Stir in meatloaf cubes and heat through. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Spoon mashed potatoes into bowls; top with meatloaf mixture and serve hot.
Leftover Meatloaf Chili
This chili is a great way to use up leftover meatloaf or turkey. It’s an easy and delicious dish you can make any time of the year.
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbsp butter
2 cups cubed cooked meatloaf or leftover turkey, bite size pieces
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 cup water
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cumin
In a medium saucepan, sauté the onions in the butter until tender. Add the cubed meatloaf or turkey and cook for a few minutes to brown it on all sides. Add tomato paste and 1 cup water, stirring to combine. Add chili powder, salt and cumin then cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until it’s nice and hot.
Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and cornbread on the side.
Leftover Meatloaf with Potatoes and Gravy
1 cup cooked meatloaf, chopped or shredded
2 cups beef broth, divided
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 tbsp flour or cornstarch mixed into a slurry with 2 tbsp cold water
1 tbsp cold water
2 tsp chicken bouillon granules, crumbled
6 carrots cut into 1/8-inch pieces
1 cup frozen peas and pearl onions thawed
Directions: Place the cooked meatloaf in a large Dutch oven. Add 1 cup beef broth to the pot, stir well. Season with salt and pepper. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low. Cover the pot with a lid and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally so meat doesn’t stick to bottom of pan.
Add the remaining cup beef broth, carrots, bouillon granules, and water. Raise heat back up to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pot with a lid. Continue cooking until carrots are tender (about 15 minutes).
Add peas and onions, stir well.
Leftover meatloaf is an excellent way to make a quick and easy meal. If you’re not sure what to do with your leftover meatloaf, why not try one of these recipes? There are many ways that you can use up the last bit of cooked meat in order to create something new for dinner tonight!