This post is sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Holy sandwich, Batman! These Southern Meatloaf Sandwiches are the perfect comfort food on cold winter days!
Meatloaf. It’s one of those things that we all love to make fun of. And I’m not talking about the long-haired rocker who sang I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That). That’s Meat Loaf. We’re talking about Meatloaf. As in Southern Meatloaf Sandwiches. As in delicious comfort food for cold winter days. As in “I’d nom-nom that!”
I didn’t grow up eating meatloaf. For some reason, it just wasn’t on the regular lineup of meals in our house. But meatloaf quickly became one of our winter staple meals when Laura and I moved in together back in Atlanta. As Laura pointed out back then, “Meatloaf is pretty much just a hamburger baked in the oven, and you love hamburgers.” She’s right. I do love hamburgers. And I love meatloaf. Sure, meatloaf is on the receiving end of a lot of jokes, but a good meatloaf is really hard to beat. Well, unless you take said meatloaf and turn it into Southern Meatloaf Sandwiches!
I’m pretty sure our meatloaf days in Atlanta always followed Pete’s meatloaf days by about a week. Pete was Laura’s officemate in grad school, and during the winter Pete would often bring meatloaf sandwiches for lunch. And then Laura would come home craving meatloaf. For some reason, we didn’t ever turn that meatloaf into sandwiches back then. But I figured I’d step up my meatloaf game with these Southern Meatloaf Sandwiches. Holy Batman, are these sammiches delicious!
The base for these Southern Meatloaf Sandwiches is our version of meatloaf, but feel free to substitute in your version instead. The real game begins when we slice up that meatloaf and transform it into sandwich royalty. I prefer using sourdough bread for meatloaf sandwiches as sourdough (1) is hearty enough to stand up to a big sandwich and (2) has a nice tart flavor that works well with the classic sweet ketchup topping on meatloaf. Add some mozzarella cheese and some crispy fried onions, and you’ve got all of the textures and flavors for a sandwich of legends!
Another key to these Southern Meatloaf Sandwiches? Good beef. If you think all beef is the same, then grab a package (any package) of Certified Angus Beef ® brand and then come back and let me know what you think. We love everything from meatloaf and beef stew in the winter to steaks and burgers on the grill in the summer, and Certified Angus Beef ® brand has been our go-to beef brand for years. I’m working with Certified Angus Beef ® brand this year, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Certified Angus Beef ® brand sells premium cuts of beef at your local stores. Market 32 and Fred the Butcher are my 2 sources for Certified Angus Beef ® brand products in my town. Click here to find the nearest market to you. Remember what I said above about all beef not being created equal? Laura and I purchased a Certified Angus Beef ® brand tenderloin roast for Christmas this past year. I’m not kidding one bit when I say those were the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. In fact, tenderloin roast has become our new Christmas tradition! (Funny side story: When I was at Market 32 purchasing our beef tenderloin, I got into a discussion with the butcher about the Shroud of Turin. Yes, the Shroud of Turin. More on that in a future post, though!)
Certified Angus Beef® brand utilizes 10 quality standards established by leading researchers and academics. The brand itself doesn’t actually raise cattle. Instead, they select the best of the best beef from farmers across the country. The Certified Angus Beef® brand community is actually made up of small ranchers from coast to coast, most of whom have only 20-40 cattle in their herds. Only 1 in 4 Angus cattle meet the Certified Angus Beef® brand’s 10 quality standards. Just look for that Certified Angus Beef® brand logo. That’s how you’ll know you’re purchasing top quality beef for you and your family!
Now that we’ve got some top quality beef for our sandwiches, let’s hit the kitchen and whip up a couple! If you’re craving some classic comfort food to warm you up on these cold winter days, then these Southern Meatloaf Sandwiches are calling your name. Grab some rustic sourdough bread and let your inner sandwich artist come out and play!
Also, as a side note, I googled Meat Loaf’s I’d Do Anything for Love song to make sure I got the title correct…and I’ve been listening to it on repeat the whole time I’ve been writing this post. It’s one heck of a good song! Although I still don’t know what it is that he won’t do.