My family was thrilled when I came home with 3 pounds of ground beef recently. We have been eating so much pork that when I saw this on sale I couldn’t let it go.
I mixed all three pounds of ground beef with spices to make two meals. The first, dish that we had last night, was a Patty Melt. It was a To-Go dinner last night and I needed something quick and able to travel well. This perfectly fit our needs. We were only going a few miles away to Celebration Cinema for their special night of Holiday Movie Previews but we needed to be there a bit early and Tuesday and Wednesday are always packed full of after school activities.
The second meal which will be tomorrow’s post was Mom’s Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf. I mixed the meat, formed it into a loaf and wrapped it tight in plastic wrap. I will cook this tomorrow evening for dinner. I love planning ahead so that I don’t feel that pressure of, “You want to eat again? Didn’t I just make you dinner last night?” feeling.
This was a quick, easy and filling meal. The kids liked that it was a mellow meal after having fairly heavy meals the past few days. They also liked that I added sauerkraut to theirs. They love sauerkraut.
I served this with a side of french fries and a green salad.
Ingredients: (just for Patty melt)
- 1 lbs ground beef, lean
- 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs, plain or seasoned, your choice
- 1 large egg
- 1-2 sweet onions, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup butter, softened and divided
- 8 slices of Swiss cheese
- 8 slices good rye bread
- Thousand Island salad dressing, for serving
- bottled sauerkraut, if desired
- Over medium-low heat melt 3 TBSP of butter. Add sliced onions to the pan and until onions turn brown. This will take up to 15-20 minutes. You want the onions to cook VERY slowly to get really sweet and caramelized. Stir often.
- Thoroughly mix ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, pepper, bread crumbs and egg together in a medium bowl.
- Divide the meat into 1/4s and form into oval patties, the same basic shape as your bread.
- In a skillet cook ground beef patties until cooked through and no pink remains.
- To form Patty Melts – Generously butter one side of the rye bread and place buttered side down in a cool skillet. Place one slice of Swiss Cheese on the bread. Spread a few spoonfuls of onion over the cheese then place the meat patty on top. If you would like sauerkraut add some to the top of the meat patty at this point. If not, add second slice of Swiss Cheese. Generously butter one side of another slice of rye bread and place the bread, butter side facing upwards on the cheese.
- Repeat step 5 for all sandwiches.
- Cook sandwiches over medium heat flipping the sandwich over once the bottom side is well browned – about 5 minutes. Cook until the second side is also crispy and browned.
- Serve sandwiches immediately with a side of Thousand Island dressing for dipping.