5 hickory-smoked bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, halved
1/2 large yellow onion, sliced
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch-thick pieces
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 cups freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon sea salt
24 hearty bread slices, grilled
Garnish: green onions
How to Make It
Prepare Meatloaf: Preheat oven to 325°. Pulse chopped bacon 4 to 5 times in a food processor until finely chopped. Combine bacon, pork, and next 8 ingredients, using hands. Transfer pork mixture to a lightly greased 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loafpan.
Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in center registers 160°.
Prepare Gravy: Cook bacon slices in a large cast-iron skillet 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Increase heat to medium-high. Add tomatoes, cut sides down, and onion slices. Cook 6 to 7 minutes on each side or until charred. Remove from heat. Pulse tomatoes, onions, vinegar, and next 2 ingredients in a food processor just until coarsely chopped and combined. Stir in bacon.
Prepare Potatoes: Preheat broiler with oven rack placed in middle position. Bring Yukon gold potatoes, 1 Tbsp. sea salt, and water to cover to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and cook 15 minutes or until tender; drain. Combine potatoes, panko, and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.
Place 12 meatloaf slices on a lightly greased rack in a broiler pan. Spoon potato mixture generously over meatloaf. Broil 4 to 5 minutes or until potatoes are golden and crisp. Serve between bread slices with gravy.
This is a wonderful recipe...although quite time consuming. I made the meatloaf last night...the gravy and mashed potatoes today. At first I was a bit concerned because individually I couldn't see how all the different parts would work together but once I made the sandwiches I couldn't get enough. I don't think I'll be making this often but it's definitely a sure-fire crowd pleaser for a special occassion.
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