Meatloaf Sandwiches with Crispy Onions and Melted Mozzarella Cheese
- 3 pounds ground beef 86% lean
- 1 pound groun beef 90% lean
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped (about two cups)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 4 tablespoon chicken stock
- 3 teaspoons salt, divided
- 2 cups, ketchup divided (1/2 cup in the loaf the other on top)
- 3 eggs, lightly scrambled
- 4 slices bread, torn into pieces (about 2 cups loosely packed)
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ + 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 20-24 slices country or ciabatta bread
- 10-12 slices mozzarella cheese
- 2 large onions, sliced thin
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Canola oil for frying
- ½ cup basil (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, add torn bread, cover in milk, let soak for 5-10 minutes.
- In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over a medium heat, add onion and garlic. Sauté until soft, about five minutes. Add Worcestershire, tomato paste, chicken stock and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook another 2-3 minutes.
- In a large bowl combine meats, add onion mixture, remaining salt, eggs, bread and milk and ½ cup ketchup. Mix just until combined.
- On parchment paper, form into two loaves. If needed, use two sheet pans.
- In a small bowl combine remaining ketchup and brown sugar. Spread evenly on two meatloaves.
- Pop in the oven, and bake for one hour or until cooked through.
- You can serve the meatloaf as is, but if you want sandwiches, see below.
For the sandwiches:
- In a medium sauté pan, heat about an inch of oil to 350 degrees.
- Combine flour and salt in small bowl.
- Add buttermilk to small bowl.
- Coat sliced onion in buttermilk, shaking off excess. Coat in flour, shake off excess. In batches (do not overcrowd pan), fry onions until crispy and golden brown, about 30 seconds.
To assemble the sandwiches:
- Place meatloaf slice on bottom piece of bread and top with one slice of cheese. If you’re making only a few sandwiches, pop in the microwave for one minute until cheese is melted, then top with basil, onions and top piece of bread. If you’re feeding a crowd you can line the bread up on a baking sheet, top with meatloaf and one piece of cheese, and pop into a 350 degree oven until the cheese is melted and the meatloaf is heated through. Top with basil, onions and remaining piece of bread.