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My husband had No Reservations on the tv the other day while I was in the kitchen. From the living room, my husband calls out – “did you know that Anthony Bourdain had never had a patty melt before?”Apparently, Anthony Bourdain was on a tour of the US Southwest, and experienced his first patty melt. I have to admit – I was surprised. Here I thought Mr. Bourdain had eaten just about everything there is to eat out there. But not a lowly little patty melt!!

Me, I’ve had my fair share of patty melts. Maybe it’s because I live in the southwest, and I grew up in the southwest. But life would not be complete without a patty melt. So I’m bringing you one today!!

This one is made with ground turkey. I’ve said it before, but I’m not a huge fan of ground poultry. It’s usually dry and flavorless to me. But this was good. It would have been great if I would have used ground beef instead of turkey, but I guess the turkey is a little healthier. Either way, though – if you’ve never had a patty melt, do yourself a favor and make some of these up for dinner tonight!

Patty Melts
from Food Network Magazine January/February 2010

Serves 4

Total time: 40 minutes

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
10 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
10 ounces lean ground turkey
6 ounces lean ground sirloin
8 slices multigrain bread
8 thin slices monterey jack or Swiss cheese

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Push to one side of the skillet; add the mushrooms and cook until browned, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then mix the mushrooms and onions together and cook until the onions are golden, about 10 more minutes. Add the vinegar and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and keep warm.

Meanwhile, mix the turkey, beef and the remaining 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Shape into 4 equal-size oval patties.

Wipe out the skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Season the patties with salt and pepper and cook until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook through, 1 to 2 more minutes.

Divide the onions and mushrooms among 4 bread slices; top with a slice of cheese, a patty, another slice of cheese and another bread slice. Wipe out the skillet; add 1 tablespoon olive oil and place over medium heat. Cook the sandwiches in two batches until the bread is toasted and the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes per side, adding the remaining 2 teaspoons oil as needed.

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16 Responses to Patty Melts

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Scrumptious! I'd eat that any time…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. kat says:

    I think ground turkey can be good if done right & this sounds like a good use for it.

  3. dawn says:

    this is perfect. i would love to try the ground turkey.

  4. Bellini Valli says:

    The last time I was in Seattle I had a Patty Melt at a little diner.Talk about a flash from the past.

  5. Barbara says:

    Are you ready? I've never had a patty melt! (I don't think there is any other resemblence to Anthony Bourdain, though.)

    Does this ever sound good! Kind of think I'd prefer beef too, but I know turkey is better for us.

  6. Valerie says:

    My parents both love patty melts so I grew up with them. But my parents always make them on rye bread. Yours sounds so flavorful. I love balsamic vinegar.

  7. Sylvie says:

    I've never had one either. A fact i need to address and change quickly!

  8. Joanne says:

    Now I feel bad…because I've never had one either! These look delicious. I've definitely been missing out.

  9. Maria says:

    Never had a patty melt. Do they make veggie patty melts? :)

  10. Abby says:

    Count me in the "never-had" crew. You don't seem them often around here! But I think I'd love it.

  11. Bethany Park says:

    OK I admit it… I've never had one either! But this recipe looks simple and fun, and since I'm a fan of all the flavors involved, I think it'd be great to try!

  12. Julie says:

    I think I saw that episode too! Your patty melt looks great :)

  13. grace says:

    oh, i'll bet there are a lot of things that mr bourdain has never deigned to eat. i still adore him, and i also really enjoy a good patty melt. i like what you've done here!

  14. Heavenly Housewife says:

    This is a meal after my heart. Its calling my name :)

  15. Cookie says:

    I LOVE Patty Melts! They're like the perfect combo of burger and grilled cheese!

  16. Memória says:

    I love the fact that you used ground turkey instead of beef. It looks fantastic!

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