Monday, August 13, 2012

The Pioneer Woman's Patty Melt

How is it that I have gone my entire life without ever having a patty melt?  It seems so odd....like saying I have never had pizza or a hot dog, but I honestly have never had the first cousin of the hamburger.  Now granted, it is more of a combination of a grilled cheese and a burger but there is something so unique about the patty melt with the caramelized onions and melted swiss cheese that just really sets it apart!

When The Pioneer Woman sent out her patty melt recipe the other day I thought it looked just perfect for what I have been trying to find...budget friendly meals that are tasty and delicious so what did I do?  I called a few of my closest friends and we inhaled some patty melts.....no literally, they didn't stand a chance!

The Pioneer Woman's Patty Melt

1 stick Butter
1 whole Large Onion, Halved And Sliced
1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
Salt And Pepper, to taste
5 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
8 slices Swiss Cheese
8 slices Rye Bread
In a medium skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Throw in the sliced onions and cook slowly for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown and soft.
 
In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt & pepper, and Worcestershire. Form into 4 patties.
 
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a separate skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties on both sides until totally done in the middle.
  
We threw some mushrooms in there as well just because it sounded like a good idea! 
 
Assemble patty melts this way: Slice of bread, slice of cheese, hamburger patty, 1/4 of the cooked onions, another slice of cheese, and another slice of bread. 
 
On a clean griddle or in a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter and grill the sandwiches over medium heat until golden brown. Remove the sandwiches and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Turn the sandwiches to the skillet, flipping them to the other side. Cook until golden brown and crisp, and until cheese is melted.
Slice in half and serve immediately
 
Oh, and we served it with The Pioneer Woman's French Fries....it was pretty much HEAVEN!!!
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