Patty Melt "Beefcakes"
"I came up with the recipe for these cute stacks for my favorite beefcake, Tom Jones! These guys are so cute when they're done because they look just like a round cake with straight sides. I like to serve them up with pickle spears and some frozen crinkle cut fries that I douse with salt and malt vinegar as soon as they come out of the oven. I love you, Tom!"
- 4 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
- 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
- 8 thick slices good quality white bread (each about an inch thick)
- 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
- 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 8 slices sharp white cheddar cheese
Yields: 4 servings
Place a medium skillet over medium heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the onions to the pan and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until they're deep golden brown, about 30 minutes. If the onions begin to stick to the pan, add a splash of water to loosen them up.
When the onions are almost done, use a large round cookie cutter to cut the crusts away from each slice of bread to make 8 bread discs. Set aside.
When the onions are ready, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons.
While the pan is heating up, combine the ground sirloin, parsley, Worcestershire, some salt and pepper in a medium-size mixing bowl. Divide the meat in four and shape each portion into thin patties that are about the same size as the bread discs. Cook the patties in the hot pan until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
While the patties are cooking, butter one side of each round of bread. Remove the cooked patties from the pan, wipe the pan clean and place back over medium heat.
Assemble the beefcakes (with the buttered sides on the outside) layering some cheese, caramelized onions, and one patty per sandwich.
Place the stacks into the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides and the cheese has melted, 3-4 minutes per side.
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