Monday, March 27, 2017

Grilled Truffaloaf, Tomato and Cheddar Sandwich!

     A Gourmet Diner Style Black Truffle Buffalo Meatloaf Grilled Cheese Sandwich!
     Fancy grilled cheese sandwiches have always been a associated with classic American diner restaurants.  In the old days, a grilled cheese with ham or bacon and tomato was just about as fancy as it got.  In recent years, the gourmet diner restaurant trend has brought gourmet comfort food into the limelight.  Gourmet diner restaurants now offer grilled cheese sandwich creations that are more competitive.  For example, the Pulled Pork BBQ Grilled Cheese Sandwich has reached a peak in popularity and it can be found on diner and pub menus from coast to coast.
     Meatloaf is a diner menu mainstay.  In the old days, customers often joked about how bad the meatloaf at a local diner was and most times the comments were true.  Diner style meatloaf had the negative reputation of being "the gift that keeps on giving."  
     In old fashioned diners, fresh baked meatloaf was usually sold during the dinner hours and the leftover cold meatloaf was grilled and served with gravy as a lunch special the next day.  Sometimes the grilled leftover meatloaf was offered as an open face sandwich.  A Meatloaf Grilled Cheese Sandwich was a lunch blue plate special option too.  
     Trendy modern diner restaurants have cast the old fashioned meatloaf recipes aside in favor of fancier meatloaf recipes that appeal to fans of gourmet comfort food.  Black Truffle Buffalo Meatloaf (Truffaloaf) is a good example of a modern gourmet diner style meatloaf.  One thing that has not changed is the fresh baked gourmet meatloaf is still offered during dinner hours and the leftovers are still served the next day as a lunch special of some kind.  A modern comfort food creation like a fancy Meatloaf Grilled Cheese Sandwich sure looks good on the lunch blue plate special board!
     Trufflaloaf Recipe:
     Truffaloaf is a gourmet style Black Truffle Buffalo Meatloaf.  The Truffaloaf recipe yields enough meatloaf for 3 entrées or 5 sandwiches.  
     For Grilled Cheese Sandwich, either fresh baked Truffaloaf or leftover Truffaloaf can be used.  Thick slices of leftover Truffaloaf can be heated on a cast iron griddle till they are browned.    
     Follow the link to the recipe in this website.

     Grilled Truffaloaf, Tomato and Cheddar Sandwich:
     This recipe yields 1 sandwich.
     Chilled leftover Black Truffle Buffalo Meatloaf is perfect for this recipe.
     Step 1:  Cut 2 slices of chilled leftover Black Truffle Buffalo Meatloaf that are about 3/8" thick.  (A 4 to 5 ounce portion is plenty.) 
     Step 2:  *Step 2, Step 3 and Step 4 should all be done at the same time!
     Heat a seasoned cast iron griddle over medium/medium low heat.
     Spread 1 tablespoon of melted unsalted butter on part of the griddle.
     Place the thick sliced Truffaloaf on the buttered griddle.
     Grill on both sides till the Truffaloaf is hot and light brown highlights appear.     
     Step 3:  Brush 2 slices of Stone Ground Wheat Bread with melted unsalted butter.
     Place the buttered bread on the griddle.
     Place a few thin slices of cheddar cheese on each slice of bread.  (About 2 ounces.)
     Step 4:  Place 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter on a small space on the griddle.
     Add 4 slices of Plum Tomato on the buttered griddle.  (About 1/" thick.)
     Briefly grill the tomato slices till they are warm.
     Place the grilled tomato slices on the one of the grilled cheese sandwich halves.
     Step 5:  Grill the sandwich bread till it is toasted golden brown and the cheese softens.
     Place the warm Truffaloaf slices on the tomato and cheese sandwich half.
     Place the two grilled cheese sandwich halves together.
     Place the sandwich on a cutting board and cut it in half.
     Place the sandwich halves on a plate.
     Garnish with pickles of your choice and Italian Parsley sprigs.

     Viola!  A tasty modern gourmet diner lunch blue plate special!

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