Classic Meatloaf Melts Recipe – Surprisingly Good

Classic Meatloaf Melts Recipe – Surprisingly Good
Classic Meatloaf Melts Recipe – Surprisingly Good

Next time you’re struggling with what to make for dinner, try this classic Patty Melt recipe.

It’s delicious, easy to make, and sure to please the whole family.

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Patty Melt Sandwiches

Craving a burger but don’t want to grill? Then you must check out this pie melt!

It has it all—juicy beef, salty bacon, gooey cheese, and a sauce you’ll want to immerse yourself in.

Even better, everything between two slices of bread. So you don’t have to run to the store to buy buns!

What is a Meatloaf Melt?

Most of us are familiar with pie melts. If you’re not, though, don’t worry!

In fact, I’m kind of jealous because you’re about to go through something ah-marvelous!

A meatloaf melt is an American sandwich with ground beef and melted cheese sandwiched between slices of toasted bread. Like a burger, it usually has onions, bacon, and some sort of sauce. Dating back to the 1940s, it’s usually served on Texas toast, cooked on a hot skillet, and heated over a fire.

Many patty melts come with caramelized onions. But we use onion powder instead.

You’ll still get that delicious onion flavor, but it won’t be as messy to eat. Plus, it takes a while to caramelize the onions – and I’m hungry!

Cut in Half Patty Melt Sandwiches

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You’ll need a few simple ingredients to make this mouthwateringly delicious pie. Fortunately, they are all common.

  • bread – Depending on where you go, you’ll see pies melted on Texas toast, whole wheat, rye, white bread, sourdough bread—you name it. So pick your favorite, and be sure to butter it generously.
  • Ground beef – Use lean ground beef or something fatty. Again, this is up to you. I think fatter beef works best because it gives you the most flavor.
  • condiment – Keep it simple with salt, pepper and onion powder.
  • cheese – Use whatever you like best. I recommend Provolone and Cheddar for the best taste and texture.
  • Sauce – Thousand Island dressing is a popular choice for pie melts. But if you want to amp it up, make your own with a mixture of mayonnaise, ketchup, bacon bits, sweetener, and white sugar.

How to Melt a Pie

Here are the steps to make this pie melt:

1. Butter the bread.

This recipe makes three patty melts, so you’ll need six loaves.

As mentioned, you need to be free! So slather on each side with butter.

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2. Make and cook the pie.

Combine ground beef, salt, pepper and onion powder. Then, form the mixture into patties that match the shape of the bread.

Place the patties in a nonstick skillet and cook over medium-high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Then, reduce heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes.

3. Make the sauce.

While the pie cooks, make your sauce.

Whisk together mayonnaise and ketchup, then add bacon, seasoning and sugar.

Spread the sauce on half of the bread (three slices). No side of butter.

4. Toast the bread and melt the pie.

Place a slice of bread (without sauce) butter side down in the second skillet. Then, melt the pie on top.

Here is the order of assembling the ingredients:

  • bread (in skillet)
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • a pie
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • Second slice of bread, dipped in special sauce (sauce side down)

Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. The bread should be lightly toasted and the cheese should be melted.

Once one is ready, assemble and cook the other two melted pies in the same way.

Cheese Meatloaf Melt Sandwiches

What’s the Best Bread for Meatloaf Melts?

The best pie melt loaves are thick enough to hold the filling. Rye bread was originally most commonly used, but it’s delicious with a variety of different types of bread. It is best to avoid pre-sliced ​​bread as it is not thick enough. Yeast dough with holes won’t work well because the cheese will melt.

I love rye bread. This is – without a doubt – my favorite pie melt option.

But really, any thick crusty bread will work too. Some other good options include:

  • Texas Toast
  • Rye Couscous
  • Thick Whole Wheat Flakes
  • Thick slices of multigrain

As mentioned, I would avoid sourdough breads with lots of air pockets because the cheese and sauce will melt and make a mess.

But if you can find one with a consistent crumb, it’s delicious!

Tips and Variations

Here are some final tips to keep in mind:

  • No butter, no problem! Substitute for margarine or mayonnaise.
  • Use a different cheese. Try pepper jack for a little spice. Or go for something smoked like Gouda.
  • Prepare quickly with Thousand Island Dressing. It really doesn’t take long to make the sauce. But if you’re in a hurry, go ahead and use the pre-made ones.
  • Take the time to make caramelized onions. I use onion powder for flavor and to shorten prep time. But if you have the time, you just can’t beat sticky-sweet caramelized onions.
  • Add some edges. This sandwich is delicious served with chips, fresh pickle spears, or your favorite potato chips. Coleslaw or cold pasta salad would work too.
  • If you have a cast iron skillet, use it. Cooking these melts in cast iron gives them an extraordinary flavor.

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Patty Melt

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