Monday, August 15, 2011

Patty Melts

I am usually a chicken eater so it's pretty rare that I get a craving for a thick, juicy hamburger but when I do - this is the one that I make.  These patty melts are smothered in Swiss cheese, topped with caramelized onions and served on marble rye bread.  Craving satisfied.

Patty Melts
10 slices rye bread             
2 Tablespoons milk               
3/4 teaspoon onion powder         
1 1/4 teaspoons salt           
4 slices Swiss cheese
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
3 Tablespoon butter
2 onions, sliced thin

Combine 2 slices of bread, milk, onion powder and 3/4 t. salt in a food processor.  Pulse.  Add meat and pulse until combined.  Form into 4 oval patties.  Melt 1 T. butter in skillet and cook patties - on one side - for 5 min.

Transfer to a plate - browned side up.  Repeat with 2 more patties.  Pour off fat and add onions and 1/2 t. salt to skillet.  Cook 8 min. until onions are browned.

Place patties on top of onions and reduce heat and cook 5-10 min.

Divide cheese between 4 slices of bread.  Top with cooked patty and onions and anther slice of bread.  Clean skillet and melt 1 T. butter.  Cook sandwiches until golden brown on the outside.

My husband and my son loved these Patty Melts.  My daughter wanted to know if we were out of "regular" hamburger buns.  She ended up eating the entire burger but still wasn't completely sold on the rye bread.  Maybe someday she will learn to appreciate really great bread.   

Bon Appetit!

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