Does it seem a bit early in the day to begin a meat loaf that will be served late this afternoon? There is method in my madness!
About an hour before the potluck party begins, I will cutup the now cooled meat loaf. Then fry the meat loaf slices so that the top and bottom of each slice is a bit hardened. Freshly cut up meat loaf has a tendency to fall apart which becomes a mess. When the slices are lightly fried the meat loaf will get reheated and each slice will hold together much better.
I have prepared a bowl of sauce for the meat loaf and will spread sauce on all the slices as they are set into the serving dish. There will be more sauce for party goers who want it.
Nicely rounded meat loaf shaped in orange mixing bowl.