Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Grumpy's Meatloaf Patty Melt

Grumpy's Meatloaf Patty Melt
Meatloaf sandwiches are the whole reason for making meatloaf. I have nothing against a warm slice of fresh baked meatloaf, sitting next to a creamy pile of mashed potatoes but every time I make meatloaf I am thinking about the next day. Even staring at the ground beef at the market I think “do I want 2 pounds of ground beef or 3?” Now I have a real problem. I went to Grumpy’s in Tremont. They serve a meatloaf patty melt. A traditional meatloaf is sliced really thick, at least an inch and a half and served patty melt style on grilled rye with swiss cheese. Really, really good. I had to recreate it at home. I made the sauce extra tasty by using some homemade horseradish bread and butter pickles I purchased at the West Side Market from Rita’s along with Rita's fresh rustic Easter Mustard. You could add a little horseradish to your sauce if you can't make it to Rita's.

Lisa's Meatloaf Patty Melt

Meatloaf Patty Melt

4 slices leftover meatloaf
8 slices rye bread
Secret sauce
8 slices swiss cheese
Secret Sauce:
½ cup mayonnaise
1 T. ketchup
2 T. chopped sweet pickles
1 teaspoon grainy mustard
Salt and pepper
Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Stack the rye bread with swiss cheese, sliced meatloaf, more swiss cheese. Spread the sauce on the inside and butter the outside. Grill till toasty brown and the cheese is ooey gooey. I like the sauce so I double that along with the swiss cheese. Thanks for the idea Grumpy’s!



  1. Your version sounds just great! I will have to fix this soon, as making meatloaf somehow just doesn't sound good in hot weather. Cannot do the cheese, but CDR will be wonderful anyway.

  2. Yum! Would've loved to have this for lunch..I've actually only cooked meatloaf once in my life and managed to kind of shrink it into something half its size. Haven't tried again. But I could even use some Comforts meatloaf for this one :) Great recipe!

  3. I think this is just the kind of recipe Kel would love. Will pass along to Joannie and Mom.

  4. Wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of meatloaf's Prime Mission! This makes the "ketchup on one side, mayo on the other" sandwich design seem lame, but what is "Easter Mustard?"

  5. cathy7:10 AM

    Great recipe idea. I totally agree with a sandwich being a much better goal for the hum drum meatloaf as served traditionally.
    Yum, will put one together soon, thanks for sharing...

  6. Easter mustard was "Rita's" seasonal mustard. Stone ground with chunks of seeds and a touch of horseradish. Mmm.

  7. I believe it is time you made your Lisa Waldschmidt cookbook. I am salivating, just looking at the photos. So beautiful. I want to eat everything I see here.