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Patty Melt with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

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Patty melts really are the ideal home-crafted meal. Who can resist?  Toasted bread, a thick hamburger patty, gooey cheese, and sweet caramelized onions, this sandwich has got it all.   They are easy to make and so delicious and this particular patty melt recipe is no exception.  It's made with tangy blue cheese, lean ground beef, caramelized onions, and nutty rye bread.  And because blue cheese is so flavorful, you don't have to add as much cheese as you would with other melts, making this a healthier choice.

Let's recap.  This patty melt is 1) A healthier alternative to other more heavy patty melts. 2) Easy and ready in less than 20 minutes. 3) Packed with a boatload of satisfying flavor.  This recipe is definitely a winner!  I hope you feel inspired to skip a trip to the nearest greasy spoon and try a more healthful alternative made with your very own hands.  Enjoy!

Patty Melt with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided

2 medium white onions, sliced

1 ½ pounds 92% Laura's Lean Ground Beef

½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ tablespoon steak seasoning

2 ounces Castello Crumbled Blue Cheese

8 slices light seeded rye bread

salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Place a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add ½ tablespoon of the vegetable oil to the pan followed by the sliced onions, salt, and pepper.  Cook until the onions become tender, then reduce to a low heat and continue cooking until the onions are caramelized, about 7 minutes more.

While the onions are cooking, make the patties.  Place the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, and steak seasoning in a large bowl.  Knead with your hands to combine, then form into 4 long patties, a little bit wider than the slices of rye bread.

Place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the remaining ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil followed by the patties.  You may do this in 2 batches if your skillet is not large enough to hold all 4 patties.  Cook the patties until they are browned and no longer pink in the middle, about 5 minutes per side.  Transfer to a plate and top each patty with an even amount of crumbled blue cheese.

Place a large grill pan or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Place 4 pieces of rye bread on the pan, then top with a blue cheese topped patty and an even amount of the caramelized onions.  Cook until the bread is toasted, about 3 minutes, then flip and toast on the other side.  Cut the sandwiches in half and serve!

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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 539

Calories from Fat 181g

Total Fat 20g

Saturated Fat 7g

Cholesterol 163mg

Sodium 719mg

Total Carbohydrates 30g

Dietary Fiber 5g

Sugars 3g

Protein 59g

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