Non Traditional “Patty Melt”

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Tonight I had ground beef that I had to use up, not wanting to go shopping I decided to make my version of the “Patti Melt ; a patty melt can consist of only the patty of a hamburger, with cheese, on a single piece of toast/bun. Or a sandwich using rye or sourdough bread; It is then fried in Butter to melt the cheese and give it that rich flavor. With trying to keep on the “clean eating path” I changed it up just a touch.
Rather than use bread I made a turnip/cauliflower mash. Very easy to make and cuts way down on the carbs and calories. I must say that even though I did not use a buttered fried piece of bread this was just as delectable as any patty melt I have ever eaten and with less guilt afterwards.
I will explain the mash first, this is so easy to make and will take a minimal amount of time in the kitchen. Good idea to save this for a night when you don’t have a ton of time.
You will need the following for the mash.
Three turnips peeled and chopped
1 medium head of cauliflower chopped
2 eggs
Salt and pepper
¼ cup sour cream
Butter if you like (I left it out)
Boil the turnips and cauliflower until soft (about 8 minutes in a rolling boil) remove drain and add the rest of the ingredients. The eggs will cook in the heat of the veggies. Using an immersion blender (this works much better than a regular hand held blender on Cauliflower, which tends to go everywhere) Blend until smooth.
Set aside

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For the burgers you will need
1 pound 93% or higher ground beef
1 med white onion
1 medium red onion
1 pat butter
Reduced fat cheddar cheese thickly sliced 1 for each burger (two if you love ooey gooeyness)
Worcestershire sauce (to taste I used a few tablespoons)
Onion minced (dried is fine from the pantry)
Monterey spice blend (or whatever blend you prefer)
Italian bread crumbs in a bowl to coat the beef patty
Mix the beef and spices (to taste) along with the minced onion form three or four patties.

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Roll the patty in the bread crumbs flatten out and cook in an oven set to 375, cook for 15 minutes and turn over to cook for another 5 minutes.

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Cut onion in half and slice, cook in a pan with the butter. We want to caramelize the onions for the patty Melt.
Top the burgers with some onions and a slice of cheese, return to the oven and broil until brown on top.

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In a plate add the mash, a bit of onions and top with the meat.

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I served this with a caprese salad on the side. Turned out just as savory and delicious as the regular melts you would make.

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I hope you liked the recipe and as always I can be reached at lauralovingLife@Hotmail.com
Bon Appétit

~ LauraLovingLife
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

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