Friday, May 5, 2017

Classic Patty Melt

A delicious, simple dinner!

A Patty Melt is a burger brought to a new level of deliciousness!  It's an easy sandwich to make and just about everyone I know loves them.  I mean, what's not to love?  A thin, crusty patty covered with melted cheese and plenty of sweet caramelized onions, all held together between warm, crunchy slices of toasted rye.  It's a winner!

I found a special sauce to put on it, which sometimes I make, but sometimes I just love the flavor of the sandwich itself.  


Special Sauce (recipe below)
1 Vadalia onion, sliced thin and caramelized (How to caramalize below)
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 tsp. garlic salt (opt.)
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
8 slices of rye, sour dough or swirl bread
8 slices Swiss Cheese
4 Tbsp. butter

Special Sauce: (make ahead)
1/8 cup Dijon mustard
1/8 cup mayonnaise
1/2 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
A couple drops of hot sauce (optional)

In a small bowl, stir together above ingredients until mixed. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Caramelized Onions: (make before the burgers)

In a medium cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft and golden brown. Keep warm.

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Shape ground beef into 4 oval patties (to fit bread).  Patties should be thin.

In a large skillet, cook patties over medium-high heat until browned and cooked through, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove skillet from heat. Remove patties from skillet; wipe out skillet.

Sandwich Assembly:
Layer 1 bread slice with 1 tablespoon Secret Sauce, 2 to 3 tablespoons caramelized onions, 1 slice cheese, 1 patty, and another tablespoon Secret Sauce. Top with another bread slice. Repeat with remaining bread, Secret Sauce, caramelized onions, cheese and patties.

Heat skillet over medium-high heat.  Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet.  Working in batches, cook sandwiches, flipping once, until golden brown and heated through, approximately 3 minutes per side.  Add remaining butter to skillet as needed.

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."   -Psalm 73:26

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