Wednesday, March 12

Cooking Old Fashioned Patty Melts w/ E!

Now that Elizabeth is off at college, I miss cooking with her. This week is Spring Break and although she hasn't been home all week - she's been away on a bit of an adventure - she's home now. E came in late last night, and as a result today has been an extremely lazy day in our home. College student, me - nuf said. Tonight she got in the kitchen with me and we cooked up one of our favorite comfort food meals. It seemed a fitting way to end this cool weather, pajama wearing, game playing, nap taking kind of day. I also thought it would be a good time to teach her how to caramelize onions for one of her favorite sandwiches, the time honored patty melt. E is an onion eating girl, she eats them in all their many forms and on almost everything. Not quite sure what that says about her breath - you'd have to ask Mr.B about that.

Anyway - this sandwich is by no means for the dieter, or someone watching their cholesterol - it uses a whole stick of butter.....and then some, alongside lots of gooey cheese. Are you drooling yet? A couple of years ago I came across Ree's recipe and over time I've tweaked it for our family's preference. You can clearly season your hamburger patties however you want, using your choice of bread and cheese, and adding pretty much more or less anything you like. I've always said, and am a firm believer, in taking a recipe and making it your own.

Since we were already in our pj's, we threw a blanket on the living room floor and the four of us - me, Mr.P, E and the fat cat, ate our dinner, in front of the TV, as we watched last nights taping of 'The Voice'. Old Fashioned Patty Melts with a side of steamed broccoli.....we had to eat something healthy! Didn't we? So so good! ENJOY!

Comfort food can often be “old school” and this Patty Melt recipe is no exception. Why mess with perfection?
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  • 1 stick Butter
  • 2 whole large Yellow Onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 pounds Ground Beef
  • 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 slices Rye bread, or your favorite bread
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 slices Provolone Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

  • In a large skillet {I use an my old iron 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, 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, Worcestershire, garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties.
  • Remove onions from skillet and place aside. In the same skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and cook the patties on both sides to your preference.
  • Assemble the patty melts this way: Slice of bread, slice of Swiss and Provolone cheese, hamburger patty, a quarter of the cooked onions, another slice of Swiss cheese and another slice of bread.
  • In your clean large skillet melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat and grill the sandwiches until golden brown. Remove the sandwiches and add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter to the skillet. Return the sandwiches to the skillet, flipping them to the other side. Cook until golden brown and crisp, and until the cheese is melted. Slice in half and serve immediately!

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  1. Patty melt is one of my husbands favorite things to order out. I shall make this tomorrow night for him.

  2. This is seriously making my stomach growl. My husband always orders patty melts at restaurants. Maybe I'll make him one! Thanks for the recipe. Pinning!

  3. That looks delicious! I haven't had red meat in a while but this makes me want to reconsider that. ;)

  4. Ooh that looks really tasty. I think these would be a hit in my house!

  5. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    ~ Lora @ Crazy Running Girl

  6. Just the name Patty Melt makes my tummy rumbly! Thanks for the reminder...need to make soon! Happy E got one of her favs while home.