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Carmelized onions make classic patty melt mouthwatering treat


Enjoy this patty melt. Originally it was created as a thin burger, smothered with caramelized onions, topped with melted cheese and served on rye bread. For this recipe I use whole wheat bread.

It takes a while to caramelize the onions. I speed it up by starting them in the microwave first, and then they only need about 10 minutes in a skillet.

Helpful Hints:

  • You can use any type of sliced whole grain bread.

Patty Melt

Yield 2 servings. Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

2 cups sliced onion

2 teaspoons canola oil, divided use

3/4 pound 95% lean ground beef

1 tablespoon low-sodium Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese (about 4 ounces)

4 slices whole wheat bread

Place onions in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 5 minutes. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and saute 10 minutes. They should be a golden color. Meanwhile mix the ground beef and Worcestershire sauce together and add pepper. Form into 2 thin patties. Remove onions to a plate. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and the patties to the same skillet. Brown on one side 2 minutes. Turn over and cover each patty with sliced cheese. Cover the skillet with a lid and cook about 1 minute or until cheese melts. A meat thermometer should read 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Toast the bread. Place 2 slices of bread on 2 plates. Place a patty on each of the 2 slices. Cover the patties with onions. Close the sandwiches with the remaining 2 slices of bread.

Pickle Relish Salad

Yield 2 servings. Recipe by Linda Gassenheimer

2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish

2 tablespoons reduced-fat oil and vinegar dressing

4 cups washed, ready-to-eat salad

1 cup sliced red bell pepper

1 cup peeled and sliced cucumber

Add relish and dressing to a large bowl. Mix well. Add the lettuce, red bell pepper and cucumber and toss with the dressing.

Per serving: 586 total calories, 17.5 g total fat, 5.6 g saturated fat, 7.4 g monounsaturated fat, 655 mg sodium, 119 mg cholesterol, 50.6 g total carbohydrate, 9.4 g fiber, 18.6 g sugars, 51.6 g protein, 1,415 mg potassium, 736 mg phosphorus

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