Occasionally, Adam and I fall victim to the very problem that this little blog is supposed to solve: What the heck to we eat for dinner?
Usually, I can throw something mediocre together with what's in the house, but when the rogue head of cauliflower has gone mushy, and there's not a leafy green to be found, sometimes we call in the emergency forces. Or rather, Adam runs out to the store for a few ingredients to complete a meal.
Bread. Cheese. Ground beef. Green beans. You know, the essentials. It had been decided, dinner was going to be an old diner classic: Patty melts.
A patty melt, as I can best explain it, is the perfect marriage between the juicy burger and grilled cheese sandwich. The only thing that makes it even more special is the addition of caramelized onions and, if you like it, a dip of Thousand Island dressing. I'm a weirdo and don't like Thousand Island. Oh well.
I hesitate to call this a recipe, as it's one of my "throw a bunch of things together" kind of meals, but I would definitely call it a process. I'll even number the steps for you!
- Thinly slice two medium yellow onions. Heat a frying pan with a Tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions to the pan, lower the heat to medium, and sprinkle the onions with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Allow to cook slowly until a lovely caramelly brown. This might take 20 to 25 minutes.
- Make your favorite burgers. I used a simple 1 pound of beef, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. The key here is to make your burgers fairly thin and cook them a bit less than you'd normally.
- Brush a bit (less than 1/2 teaspoon) olive oil on one side of two pieces of bread.
- Assemble your sandwich as such with the oiled sides of the bread facing outward:
- Heat a frying pan over medium heat and place the assembled sandwich in the pan. Cook until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy, covering if necessary.
- Serve and devour.
Easy enough, yes?
We enjoyed our blue-plate specials with some roasted fresh green beans and a hefty side of ketchup.
To say we enjoyed them is an understatement. Let's look at another photo of the deliciousness, shall we?
These were messy, gooey, drippy and delicious, and oddly comforting. And the fact that they had melty cheese and sweet caramelized onions only made them better.
And for those of you wondering, we used Healthy Life low-carb bread which was the perfect size and thickness for these sandwiches. Anything heartier or thicker would've made these more of a burger sandwich and less of a melt… and the melt is part of the glory that is the patty melt.
So make one, and enjoy!