Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Patty Melts

As you know, my favorite thing to do on Saturday mornings is be lazy and watch the food network. The Pioneer Woman made Patty Melts and they looked soooo good I just had to give them a try. I may be behind the times, but I've never had a Patty melt before. I've seen them on restaurant menus, but have never tried them. I have been missing out Big time! I made these Saturday night for dinner and they were delicious!! I pretty much followed the recipe as the Pioneer woman did it, but I used different bread since my hubby doesn't like rye bread. You could use any kind of bread that you like, and any kind of cheese that you like. The onions make the Patty melt I think, but we did have ketchup and mustard on the side for dipping. I think they would be fun to make for St. "Patties" day too, since that is coming up. I made mine with 'Smashed Potatoes" on the side as it was a nice twist on a grilled cheese or a hamburger and french-fries.
Patty Melts
adapted from  Ree Drummond, The Pioneer woman
4-5 servings.
2 Tablespoons butter plus more for spreading on the bread
1 large onion, halved and sliced (I used a Vidalia onion)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
5 dashes Worcestershire sauce (or more)
Salt and pepper
8 slices, thin sliced Rye bread (or Sourdough, English toasting, wheat, or any kind of bread you like)
8 slices Swiss cheese (Pepper jack would be good too or Provolone)

In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-low heat. Throw in the sliced onions and cook slowly until the onions are golden brown and soft, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, Worcestershire and some salt and pepper. Form into 4  or 5 patties.(I like to shape mine the same shape as my bread so I had rectangle patties)
In a  separate skillet over medium heat, cook the patties on both sides until totally done in the middle, about 8 to 10 minutes (4 or 5 mintues per side).
Heat a clean griddle to medium heat (Or use another large skillet) To assemble and cook the patty melts, butter one side of bread, then place butter side down on the pre-heated griddle, then add a slice of cheese, hamburger patty, a spoonful of the cooked onions, another slice of cheese and another slice of bread. Butter the top of this last slice of bread. When it's golden brown on the bottom carefully flip the sandwich over, and let cook on this side until it's golden brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from griddle, slice in half and serve immediately!
If desired serve with Ketchup or mustard for dipping.... the onions really add to the flavor too.


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