I have been watching old 80's movies all day today. Complete flashbacks! Big hair, neon clothes, rubber bracelets, Molly Ringwald, aaahhhh the good old days.
Have you ever done a "theme" day? One where you watch movies, listen to music, eat food, all from the same "theme"?
Maybe it is just me? I know Kevin made himself scarce today!
Anyway, for some reason I have become a bit fixated on old diner food lately. I have no idea why, but I have been craving it like crazy!
This sandwich is a prime example. I can't tell you when I last had a patty melt, but I wanted one in the worst way the other night. Kevin thought I had completely lost my mind when I told him I wanted to go to this local dive bar.
“Why in the heck would you want to go there?”
“Because they have patty melts.”
“So we have to go to a complete hole in the wall? Have you seen some of the people that go in there?”
“Yes, we have to go there. They are the only place in town that has patty melts!”
“Alright, if you say so *sigh* the things I do because I love you!”
Hehehe yessssssss!! I win!
Welllllllll to make a long story short, the patty melt left much to be desired. I went home wanting one more than I did when we got there because it was so bad.And yes I got the look from Kevin after the fact.
So I decided to make my own. But if I was going to make a patty melt I was going to make an upgraded version. A patty melt 2.0 if you will, and that is when the Deluxe Patty Melt was born!
I combined Perfectly Caramelized Onions, a zingy Deluxe Sauce, good seasoned beef patty, two kinds of cheeses, on nice dark toasted rye bread.
Yes, that is patty melt heaven folks!!
1 1/4 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
8 slices rye bread
1 cup caramelized onions
4 slices Colby cheddar/jack cheese
4 slices Swiss cheese
4 tablespoons butter, softened
Combine the ground beef with the salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Divide meat into four patties that are slightly wider and longer than the bread.
Working in 2 batches, heat a grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 burger patties; cook, flipping once, until well browned, about 4 minutes total. Transfer patties to a plate.
Spread each slice of bread with Deluxe Sauce. Top each of 4 bread slices with some of the onions, a cheese slice, and a burger patty. Top each burger with a cheese slice and a piece of bread. Using a table knife, spread butter over the top and bottom of each sandwich.
Heat a 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook sandwiches, flipping once, until golden brown and hot, about 6 minutes.