Ode to the Patty Melt

I have consumed more ground beef in the past eight weeks than in the past eight years. The patty melt sandwich is to blame. Are you familiar with the patty melt? No need to be embarrassed if you aren't. Prior to my own recent investigations, if someone were to ask me what comprised this American classic I would only be able to get as far as hamburger, bread and cheese.

True, those are the nuts and bolts of a patty melt but only now can I understand and appreciate the details. Let's break it down: A traditional patty melt consists of a well-seasoned ground beef patty, Swiss cheese and grilled onions, grilled (not toasted) on rye. We've been making a lot of these sandwiches recently all in the name of recipe testing. Around our house, homemade Thousand Island dressing is the go-to spread that really "ties the room together." After several attempts at tweaking the traditional recipe and trying to think of a way to make this classic even better, we kept returning to the original. It is times like these when we are forced to give in to simplicity and recognize the inherent greatness of a timeless combination. Stick to these key components and you'll be able to recreate your own personal griddled bliss.

Seriously, go ahead and make one for yourself to see just what I am getting at. Better yet, we'll cook one up for you in just a few weeks. Stay tuned.


LeLo said...

Loving patty melts is a secret obsession. They can't be saturated in grease, but they can't be too dry, either. Your description of the sauce that really ties the room together is spot on. I can't wait to see what you do to a patty melt. Viva la patty melt!

Jason said...

Awesome. Patty melts are my personal test of diner quality. Whenever I find a new diner, the first thing I order is a patty melt. Overly greasy and sloppy with weird sauce gets a bad review in my mind. But a good patty melt can be...addictive.

Jocelyn:McAuliflower said...

that is all. :)

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Mmmmm melty goodness. I love the grainy bread used too. Grainy bread is my favorite :)

Quinn said...

I think I am going to make one for dinner tonight, unless of course I can get one of yours. It has been a few weeks since the post. Anyways, I hope you guys have had a wonderful time off and I look forward to hearing what you two are up to.