Ahh, the patty melt – a thin beef patty, melty cheese, caramelized onions and crispy bread. Not quite a burger, more than a grilled cheese, completely delicious. These are grilled up with mayo instead of butter. Sounds a little strange, I know, but it makes a killer crust, that won’t burn as easily as butter, so you can get the cheese extra gooey.
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. Are you ready? Here are some of our favorites…
CocktailsCider Bourbon Cocktail The Manhattan Old-Fashioned with a Fall Twist
StuffingBread Stuffing with Bacon, Apples, Sage and Caramelized Onions
SidesBroccolini with Pecan Brown Butter Squash and Apple Bake Spinach Salad with Bosc Pears, Cranberries, Red Onion and Toasted Hazelnuts
DessertsSuper Pumpkiny Pumpkin Pie Apple Crumb Pie Mom’s Apple Crisp Apple-Blackberry Cake
The BA Patty MeltAdapted, slightly from Bon Appétit | October 2014 Serves 4 These are made with rye bread, but you could also use sourdough bread.
Caramelized Onions3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 thinly sliced large onions
Patties1/4 small onion, finely chopped 1 pound ground beef chuck (20% fat) 1 tablespoon ketchup 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Assembly8 slices seeded rye bread 4 ounces thinly sliced aged sharp cheddar 4 ounces thinly sliced Swiss cheese 8 teaspoons mayonnaise
To make caramelized onions, heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onions, stirring often, adding water as needed, to prevent burning. Cook to deep golden brown and very soft, about 20-25 minutes.
To make patties, gently mix chopped onion, beef, ketchup, and seasoning in a medium bowl. Divide into 4 portions and press each between 2 pieces of parchment or waxed paper until about 1/4 ” thick (you want them roughly the same dimensions as the bread you’re using). Patties can be formed 8 hours ahead, covered and refrigerated until ready to cook. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Working in 2 batches, cook patties, pressing gently, until browned but still pink in the center, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
To assemble patty melts, wipe skillet; reduce heat to medium. Top bread with cheddar, then patties, onions, Swiss cheese, and remaining bread; spread tops with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise each. Cook, mayo side down and weighted with a foil-covered heavy pan, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove pan; spread top of each melt with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise. Flip; weight with pan. Cook until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.