Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Good Old Fashioned Patty Melt

Who knew a burger on two pieces of rye bread with a little cheese and caramelized onions could taste SOOOOO good!!!? Easy to make, yummy to eat!  I served this patty melt with a side salad and some chips. Enjoy!

Butter, softened
1 whole onion, thinly sliced
2/3 pound lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste 
1/2 tsp onion powder 
4 or 5 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce 
4 slices Swiss OR American cheese (I used Swiss...I bet a combo of both would be tasty!)
4 slices rye bread

In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Throw in the sliced onions and cook over low heat for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown and soft. 

In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, salt & pepper, onion powder and Worcestershire. Form into 2 patties, vaguely shaped like the bread you are serving them on.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a different skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties on both sides until cooked through in the middle.

Spread butter on the outside of each slice of bread. To assemble take a slice of bread (buttered on the outside), layer with a slice of cheese, followed by cooked hamburger patty, 1/2 of the caramelized onions, second slice of cheese and second slice of bread (buttered on the outside). Repeat for the second sandwich. 

I made my patty melts on a panini maker...could not be simpler!  You don't have a panini maker you say!? I say, go buy one tomorrow! In the meantime, go ahead and wipe clean the skillet you have been using and grill the sandwiches over medium heat until golden brown. Flip the sandwiches to the other side and again, grill till golden brown and cheese has melted.

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