Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Patty Melts

Some nights you are just not going to feel like cooking--maybe even most nights--but you gotta eat! So, make it worth even the littlest effort you are willing to put forth...might as well be good, right?


Let's take a look at the quick-fix-TV-dinner-era for some inspiration, ie the '70's, but let's make it better. Specifically, let's talk about the infamous patty melt!! 

Essentially this is just a hot, open-faced sandwich with melted cheese--thats really all there is to it--the limiting factor here is only your creativity!

Ready? Here are a few classic, obvious and novel options:

1. Pizza Patty Melt
2. Cheeseburger Patty Melt
3. Classic 70's Tuna Melt

Pepperoni Pizza Patty Melt


Equipment:
Toaster oven or regular oven
Cookie sheet or metal tray

Ingredients:
Turkey Pepperoni
Low-Fat Organic Mozzarella Cheese
Marinara or Pizza Sauce
Dried oregano, thyme, basil
Red Pepper Flakes
English Muffins, halved
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper


Instructions:
1. Wash your hands. 
2. Toast muffin halves with a splash olive oil, salt & pepper.



3. Add 1 Tbls marinara.
4. Add dried herbs.


5. Add layer of cheese.


6. Add pepperoni.



7. Repeat cheese and meat. 
8. Finish with splash of cheese, herbs and red pepper  flakes.



9. Heat in 350F degree oven x 5-10 min.
10. Broil x 30 sec or until golden brown.


Cheeseburger Patty Melt


Ingredients:
1 lb ground hamburger, seared and browned
Sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Ketchup
Mayo
Mustard
Pickles

Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Brown your meat.
3. Toast your muffins.
4. Add ketchup, mustard, mayo.
5. Add ground meat.
6. Add pickles (optional)
7. Add cheese


70's Classic Tuna Melt


Ingredients:
1 can of tuna
1/2 cup mayo
1 medium onion, finely diced
Salt & Pepper to taste
Sharp cheddar cheese
Hard-boiled eggs, chopped or whole slices (optional)
Pickles / Relish

Instructions:
1. As above--get your muffins toasted.
2. Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl.
3. Add a scoop on top of your toasted muffins.
4. Add some grated cheddar on top.