Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

If you’re not familiar with the classic patty melt, allow me to introduce you to this ooey gooey delicious dish.
Think of it as a burger without the traditional bun. Kind of a hybrid of a grilled cheese sandwich and a hamburger.

It’ a grilled or fried burger, with melted cheese, ,sautéed onions, on grilled white or rye bread, and cooked until the cheese is perfectly melted. A  patty melt may be served as a traditional sandwich or an open-face sandwich.

When I was growing up, we had a Friendly’s within walking distance, and they served the best patty melts.

They also had their famous tuna melts, which I would order on occasion .It was basically a tuna sandwich on grilled white or rye bread, with melted American cheese.

To me, a patty melt must have melted American cheese. I suppose you can switch it up and add whatever cheese you desire.

In the 21st century, people are always looking for upgrades and out of the ordinary versions of their childhood favorites.
Perhaps you’re looking to modernize the patty melt by using different proteins such as, ground fresh tuna, maybe ground turkey, then there are vegetarian and vegan versions as well.

I have a George Foreman grill, so it might be easier and more waist friendly to make a patty melt on that contraption.
I’d rather watch my weight for the whole week, and then on a cheat day, make a traditional patty melt either on a flat top or better yet, in a cast iron pan.

The caramelized onions make the patty melt.

There are plenty of people like me who want to keep childhood memories alive by occasionally eating foods that bring back fond memories.

We’re going to reveal where my foodie friends and I go to get a solid patty melt in the Garden State. Oh, don’t forget a side of fries.

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