I'm not a big fan of leftover food and I don't really like the idea of eating the same meal again the next day; unless of course you're talking about soups and stews. However, I had about half a meatloaf leftover from a dinner the night before, and I'm not one to throwout food so I came up with this clever idea. I decided to re-create a dish using the leftover meatloaf but not making it taste like the same meal. Layered with thin cut cooked potatoes, and thin cut tomatoes, with melted cheese on top this turned out to be such a satisfying quick dish. This may not be fancy enough to serve to guests but I would definitely make this again for myself on those nights when you just don't feel like doing much.

Serves 2

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Baking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked medium potatoes, thinly sliced (1 potato per individual baking dish)
  • leftover meatloaf, chicken or turkey preferred (1 thick slice per individual baking dish)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp vegetable seasoning mix
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • handful of fresh basil, sliced thin
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 4-6 tbsp water or chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F and lightly coat the bottom of two individual casserole dishes with cooking spray. Layer about 3 thin slices of cooked potato onto each baking dish, then take a slice of leftover meatloaf and lightly crumble the meat on top, layer with 3 slices of potato again, then place the sliced tomatoes on top of each. Make sure to season each layer with a little veggie seasoning, salt and pepper.

2. Take the sliced fresh basil and either place them in between the layers or sprinkle right on top. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese over each baking dish, then pour about 3 tbsp of water or stock onto the bottom of the dish. Drizzle olive oil over each dish and place it into the oven to bake for a good 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the dish has warmed through. I recommend serving this with a nice light mixed salad on the side.

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