Grilled cheese and meatloaf sandwich

Time 35 minutes
Yields Makes 1 sandwich
Grilled cheese and meatloaf sandwich
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Sun-dried tomato and radicchio slaw


Pickle the onion: In a small nonreactive bowl, combine the onion, vinegar, sugar, salt and several grinds of pepper. Set aside for 20 minutes. Drain, squeezing excess liquid from the onions and place the onions in a large bowl. Reserve the pickling liquid.


To the bowl of onions, add the radicchio, celery, tomatoes, pepperoncini peppers, olives, basil and oregano. Sprinkle over 3 tablespoons of the sherry vinegar pickling liquid, along with 2 tablespoons oil. Gently massage the mixture together and taste, adjusting the flavorings and seasonings as desired. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes before using to give the flavors time to marry. This makes about 1 quart slaw, which will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 3 days.


Spread 1 side of each of the slices of bread with mayonnaise. Top each slice with half of the cheese. On top of one slice, place the warm meatloaf slice, then the slaw. Top with the inverted second slice of bread to form a sandwich, pressing gently so everything stays together.


Heat a griddle over medium-high heat until hot. Meanwhile, spread the outside of one side of the sandwich with mayonnaise.


Invert the sandwich onto the hot griddle, and spread the second (top) side with mayonnaise. Grill the sandwich until the bread is crisp and golden-brown, and the cheese is starting to melt. Flip the sandwich and repeat with the second side. Remove from heat.


Slice the sandwich and serve immediately.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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