The Old Patty Melt

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BillyB
Filet Mignon
2010/11/10 20:43:22
I was thinking of some new and old sandwich favorites for my Cafe Grill specials today. I remembered how much I used to enjoy the old Patty Melt. I decided to try one out for old time sake.
 
I started with two of my Pasture raised Black Angus patties and three slices of onion.

then put on two slices of specialty cheese.

put the whole thing on two pieces of grilled Dill Rye Bread.

then I cut it in half.

Then I ate it like there was not tomorrow, I think this old favorite will be reborn on next weeks menu..........................BillyB
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/10 21:03:01
That looks mighty good. I love a good patty melt, and haven't had one in a long time.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/10 22:06:48
One of the best yet....good job, Chewingthefat, I will definitely order that when/if I ever make it to Emmitsburg
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/10 22:36:52
Um, I don't think BillyB has moved to Maryland.
PapaJoe8
Sirloin
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/10 23:07:15
Billy, looks great! I was raised on that pasture Angus. And an old time patty melt is one of my favs.
Joe
MellowRoast
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/10 23:53:13
I'll take an order!  That looks too good.  Just another illustration why chain restaurants are the pits.
post edited by MellowRoast - 2010/11/10 23:54:26
agnesrob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 06:33:30
That's one of my favorite sandwiches BillyB! Looks delicious. I always use Swiss cheese. What kind did you use?
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 09:18:55
That patty melt looks terrific! For some reason some places sure can screw them up. We once stopped at a diner in a small Wisconsin town, on the town  square and busy with locals. I ordered a patty melt. What I got was toasted dark bread, a burger, raw onions and a piece of unmelted cheese. Raw onions kills my stomach so I had to scrap those off  and just grin and bare it through the rest.
BillyB
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 10:02:26
agnesrob

That's one of my favorite sandwiches BillyB! Looks delicious. I always use Swiss cheese. What kind did you use?


I always use Swiss also, but I have been using a lot of sliced Swiss on Grilled Reuben's. I bought a 2lb pack of 4 different cheeses at Costco, Havarti, Colby Jack, Cheddar, and Swiss. I used the sliced Havarti and Colby Jack on this sandwich. I really like the 4 pack it comes in it's own resealable package and it's very versatile. I don't like the way a lot of real cheeses melt when heated, this cheese stayed melted and creamy on the grilled sandwich.............Take care.....................BillyB

post edited by BillyB - 2010/11/11 15:52:09
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 11:07:54
Give me at least one, 2 if the Redskins are on, and keep the cold beer flowing! Looks fantastic!
BillyB
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 11:37:39
chewingthefat

Give me at least one, 2 if the Redskins are on, and keep the cold beer flowing! Looks fantastic!

CTF, I need a Case of cold ones, while watching the Seahawks I have to be drunk.........
seatown76
Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 13:06:51
Ahhhh yes sometimes I am happy that I am not able to see my Seahawks play all the time here in Wisconsin but having a patty melt like that might make the recent pain go away!
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 13:08:48
I have to admit that I have never had a patty melt.  This looks terrific.  I love your choice of bread.
post edited by Greymo - 2010/11/11 15:04:55
Adjudicator
Sirloin
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 18:12:46
Excellent choice of one of my favorite sandwiches.  The pictures are great.  Hmmm...   Wonder how some crisp bacon slices would go with that?
BillyB
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 18:38:08
Adjudicator

Excellent choice of one of my favorite sandwiches.  The pictures are great.  Hmmm...   Wonder how some crisp bacon slices would go with that?

How could bacon be wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I could see a light bulb going off in CTF head with the bacon idea, but then again it could be time for a cold one.......................
Buck & Vi's
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 19:52:18
yup i'll be stealing this one billy !!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/11 20:22:51
That is one good looking sandwich!!!!
ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/12 19:44:40
I do enjoy a good patty melt, in fact it used to be my "go to" sandwich in an unfamiliar place which didn't have anything that really appealed. There are a few places however that can really screw up a patty melt.
speechpeach
Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 08:38:14
YUM YUM  The bread  looks fantastic, as does the entire sandwich.  Last time I had a patty melt the onions were not cooked enough, the cheese tasted fake and salty, and the bread was really greasy.....(makes mental note to find the variety cheese package when I go to the new Costco near me)
Mosca
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 09:16:04
Because of this, I made patty melts for dinner Thursday! They were fantastic, but so, so greasy, I tossed the tater tots; I just couldn't eat anything else.
 
I added grilled mushrooms to mine. So, it was grilled rye bread, jack and cheddar cheeses, grilled onions and mushrooms.
DougS
Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 09:50:20
The only Patty Melt I ever had was from a Checker's in Port Charlotte Fla. I like your version better. Looks yummy.
Is it customary to not add any sauce of any kind?
(Such as mustard, mayo or ketchup)
BillyB
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 09:56:19
Mosca, I agree on the Grease, I try to watch that myself. My cows are pasture raised and real lean, sometimes I have to add a pat of butter when frying. If you think about it everything is fried on the sandwich, even the bread. If I'm building a sandwich like this I would try tossing the mushrooms on a paper towel before building the sandwich, also pat the sauteed onions a bit..............I like your idea of the sauteed mushrooms,how could that idea not be good.............Thanks BillyB
BillyB
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 10:23:07
DougS

The only Patty Melt I ever had was from a Checker's in Port Charlotte Fla. I like your version better. Looks yummy.
Is it customary to not add any sauce of any kind?
(Such as mustard, mayo or ketchup)

I think your right I was thinking mayo or a dipping sauce with mayo & ketchup or just ketchup. I totaly agree with making the sandwich to my customers liking. I have people asking for sauteed jalapenos on every sandwich, I learned long ago its a lot easier swimming with the current........................I thought about using a sliced Italian bread and making garlic toast with a pesto spread and using on 6oz burger, cheese, sauteed mushroom and onions. I like the idea of a good bread that will hold the weight of the sandwich, I also want a crunch to the bread and then a nice tender, flavorful, melted, juicy ingredients......................BillyB
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 12:12:56
I love patty melts ( Swiss cheese instead of American ) and if you're in northwest Indiana, the place to go for a great one is the Cedar Lake Kitchen on 133rd Ave. in Cedar Lake IN. The place is located about a mile east of US 41, but a replacement building is currently under construction a short distance west of the current location, and it's scheduled to open in March 2011. I'm really going to miss the old building, as it has the look and feel of a classic 1950s roadside restaurant. 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 12:38:51
BillyB

I like your idea of the sauteed mushrooms,how could that idea not be good

 
Well, if one is allergic to mushrooms, as am I ... .

BillyB
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 13:00:40
Michael Hoffman

BillyB

I like your idea of the sauteed mushrooms,how could that idea not be good


Well, if one is allergic to mushrooms, as am I ... .

Then one would figure, one would tell us to hold the mushrooms. In your case you would say hold the mushroom, I'll take an order of fried clams and a lobster roll instead...........
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/13 13:16:52
BillyB, Perfect sandwich!
 
No beer for me please, I'll go with red wine.
Adjudicator
Sirloin
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 05:00:47
I'll take my sauteed mushrooms on the side.  Make that a large order, please.  
doggydaddy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 05:40:42
 
A patty melt is the best hamburger one can find out there.
One thing is that there are two slices of Swiss cheese melted on the grilled rye. Many places put a slice of cheese on their basic burgers, whereas with a patty melt, you are guaranteed two slices. I agree with carolina bob that Swiss is essential. A great patty melt has a distinct taste and mouth feel.  From the photo, I think that your presentation does.  
 
I think that if you are using local pasture raised Black Angus patties, that you would not need or want to distract too much from the basic flavors of the patty melt.  Sort of like when you put too much stuff on a pizza, you lose sight of what the basic thing tastes like. Even on a basic burger, bacon, cheese, grilled onions and sauted mushrooms is a hefty mess. Forget the garnish, no room. You can offer the bacon and the mushrooms as a upcharge...
 
mark
post edited by doggydaddy - 2010/11/14 05:41:56
saps
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 16:29:32
TJ Jackson

One of the best yet....good job, Chewingthefat, I will definitely order that when/if I ever make it to Emmitsburg

 
Oh, I get it.  You're being facetious.  Awesome.  Humorous and cutting.  And cunning , too.  Quite the zinger.  You really got them, didn't you?

Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 16:39:17
saps

TJ Jackson

One of the best yet....good job, Chewingthefat, I will definitely order that when/if I ever make it to Emmitsburg


Oh, I get it.  You're being facetious.  Awesome.  Humorous and cutting.  And cunning , too.  Quite the zinger.  You really got them, didn't you?

Thank you Saps, I knew as soon as I read it that this ahh, person, was, for whatever reason, trying to bust b....

joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 16:47:39
saps

TJ Jackson

One of the best yet....good job, Chewingthefat, I will definitely order that when/if I ever make it to Emmitsburg


Oh, I get it.  You're being facetious.  Awesome.  Humorous and cutting.  And cunning , too.  Quite the zinger.  You really got them, didn't you?

 

A lesser known fact is about the village idiot, so called because instead of simply expressing valid thoughts and opinions of his own, he chose to focus all his time on unnecessarily deriding the conversations of others for no apparent reason other than his own amusement.  Though he thought himself a great humorist, he was always the only one laughing.  He died friendless.  It's a sad story of a sad and pathetic little man.  
post edited by joerogo - 2010/11/14 16:52:39
saps
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 16:56:29
chewingthefat

saps

TJ Jackson

One of the best yet....good job, Chewingthefat, I will definitely order that when/if I ever make it to Emmitsburg


Oh, I get it.  You're being facetious.  Awesome.  Humorous and cutting.  And cunning , too.  Quite the zinger.  You really got them, didn't you?

Thank you Saps, I knew as soon as I read it that this ahh, person, was, for whatever reason, trying to bust b....

He's not trying to bust your balls.  That's usually more of a friendly thing.  The intent here was to be a d*ck.
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 17:00:52
joerogo

saps

TJ Jackson

One of the best yet....good job, Chewingthefat, I will definitely order that when/if I ever make it to Emmitsburg


Oh, I get it.  You're being facetious.  Awesome.  Humorous and cutting.  And cunning , too.  Quite the zinger.  You really got them, didn't you?



A lesser known fact is about the village idiot, so called because instead of simply expressing valid thoughts and opinions of his own, he chose to focus all his time on unnecessarily deriding the conversations of others for no apparent reason other than his own amusement.  Though he thought himself a great humorist, he was always the only one laughing.  He died friendless.  It's a sad story of a sad and pathetic little man.  

That is perfect! I love it!!!
 
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 17:29:22
Ok-I may be playing devils advocate here, but I kinda said the same thing when responding to the article about ctf's restaurant- I wished I lived closer to taste his fare. I know I havent been back on line for awhile so maybe I have missed something about that particular poster...
ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 18:08:29
I was curious about the origin of the patty melt and found this on chowhound.
Saveur Magazine's Top 100 List for 2001 had as #84
"Best Variation on the Hamburger"
Their write up says it was created by William "Tiny" Naylor sometime in the 40's or 50's at his chain of Southern California coffee shops called Tiny Naylor's (they say he also may be the inventor of pop-up plate servers, refrigerated drawers, and the open kitchen)
They describe it as a hamburger patty covered with melted swiss cheese and a heap of sauteed onions served on grilled rye bread. They have a recipe in the issues as well from his grand-daughter Jennifer Naylor who is chef at Granita in Malibu and serves the patty melt at Sunday brunch.
Curbside Grill
Filet Mignon
Re:The Old Patty Melt 2010/11/14 20:49:25
BillyB      need 6 of those delivered to the FARM
Will trade you a 8 lb wheel of Goat Milk Gouda (90 days) for a Visit and 6 of those Sandwich's.
Shhhhh   am doing a Boudin Feast on Wed. with all Goat Cheese's.
post edited by Curbside Grill - 2010/11/14 20:51:13