Leftover Meatloaf: How To Blacken it and Serve with Tomato Gravy

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Sneak Preview: Slice leftover meatloaf and blacken it to make a spicy sandwich or a memorable supper. Serve with tomato gravy and mashed potatoes on the side.

blackened meatloaf sandwich on a plate--ready to eat

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Do you get tired of leftovers? Billy and I are in the “empty nest” stage. If you are recently there yourself, you know it comes with several implications.

For starters, no more hungry boys to help me eat the food experiments that happen around here. Consequently, creativity is a must with leftovers.  I don’t want my husband to feel abused.

How to use leftover meatloaf to make blackened meatloaf slices:

FIRST: Chill leftover meatloaf. It makes it easier to handle.

SECOND: Wrap individual slices with plastic wrap before tossing them into a big zippered plastic bag to freeze.  If I need slices for a quick weeknight meal, it’s easy to grab however many slices I need. 

Any meatloaf will work as long as it doesn’t fall apart when sliced.

THIRD: Sprinkle blackening seasoning of your choice (or use Spicy Cowboy Sparkle Dust) onto each side of your slice of meatloaf. Drop slices into a scorching hot iron skillet to blacken. As soon as the meatloaf is warmed and dark on the bottom, flip and let it blacken on the reverse side.

Warning: Blackening anything results in smoke. I hope your vent hood works better than mine.

Top it off with tomato gravy:

smooth tomato gravy

Although delicious with barbecue sauce, I love to serve blackened meatloaf slices with Tomato Gravy, especially if I have mashed potatoes to eat with it. 

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Blackened Leftover Meatloaf with Tomato Gravy

Blackened Meatloaf with Tomato Gravy–A Leftover Makeover uses leftover meatloaf to make a sandwich. Alternatively, serve with mashed potatoes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Beef
Servings 8 servings


  • ½ to 1- inch thick-sliced leftover meatloaf - slice when chilled
  • Blackening Spice Mix or your favorite rub
  • 1 16-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon apple or white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon butter - optional


  • Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. Turn on the exhaust vent.
  • Sprinkle blackening seasoning over meatloaf and press into the meat with fingers to help it stick.
  • When the skillet starts to smoke a little, lay a slice of meatloaf into the skillet and allow it to brown/blacken. Since meatloaf is already cooked, this won’t take long. Flip pieces to brown the other side. Serve immediately.

Tomato Gravy

  • Drain juice from tomatoes into a 1 or 2-quart Pyrex measuring cup or dish and set tomato solids still in the can aside.
  • Whisk flour into tomato juice until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and whisk well. Add tomato solids and stir.
  • Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes until thickened, stopping to stir 2-3 times. Stir in butter until melted.
  • At this point, your gravy will be lumpy with diced tomatoes. If you prefer a smoother gravy, use an immersion blender until sauce is the consistency you like. Or you could start out with crushed or pureed tomatoes instead of diced for a smoother sauce from the beginning.


The Nutritionals are for the tomato gravy only.


Nutrition Facts
Blackened Leftover Meatloaf with Tomato Gravy
Serving Size
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Beef
Cuisine: American
Keywords: blackened meatloaf sandwicheasy tomato gravytomato gravy for meatloaftomato gravy recipe
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  1. TheKitchenWitch says:

    Oh my God, you did the impossible! You made meat loaf look delicious to me! You are officially a Rock Star.

  2. I still have a teenage son at home, so I have never had left over meat loaf! This looks so delicious I feel that I should make a “left over” meat loaf just for this.

  3. UrMomCooks says:

    This is a great idea for leftover meatloaf! We usually make meatloaf sandwiches and this idea takes it to a level worthy of dinner! It is just my husband and me at our house these days too – I laughed when I saw your comment about not wanting to cheat him out of a nice meal! But so true that there are usually way too many leftovers… My college children are nearby so I try to load them up with containers of food, but we have also been known to eat the same thing 3 nites in a row!!! (Sorry I have no brilliant ideas for leftover meatloaf…wish I did, cuz I will definitely be using your idea! Thanx!)

  4. So behind on commenting (so sorry)! My mom would love this – she only makes meatloaf. That’s it. Once a year. 🙂 What a great leftover idea, and so tasty-looking too!! I’ll have to print this and show her!

    1. Very interesting article Sarah. Especially the banana meatloaf.

  5. what a wonderful idea!! makes me want to go make some meatloaf just so i can try this 🙂

    1. Jaime, I’ve been known to do that myself.

  6. Weber Grill Recipes says:

    Delicious meatloaf recipes!
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. The tomato gravy is such an inspiration. I can’t wait to try it.

  8. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    Meat loaf sandwiches are my favorite way to eat meatloaf. I like them better than the meatloaf itself. Your meatloaf looks delicious!

    1. I think I do too, Betty. Not quite so rich.

  9. OMG that is amazing i have always made too much meatloaf and feel so bad to throw it away i think my family is going to love this sandwich you are a meatloaf EINSTIEN!

  10. Ralph Thompson says:

    great post thanks