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Avocado and Swiss Patty Melt Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 8 slices of rye bread
- 4 slices of Swiss cheese
- 1 ripe avocado, sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter

Special equipment needed:
- Skillet
- Spatula
- Knife

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
2. Divide the mixture into four equal parts and shape them into patties.
3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they are browned and cooked through.
4. Remove the patties from the skillet and set them aside.
5. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
6. Place two slices of rye bread in the skillet and top each slice with a slice of Swiss cheese.
7. Place a cooked patty on top of each slice of bread and cheese.
8. Top each patty with sliced avocado.
9. Place the remaining two slices of rye bread on top of the avocado, creating a sandwich.
10. Cook the sandwiches for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.
11. Remove the sandwiches from the skillet and serve hot.

- Time:
Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 15 minutes
- Skillet over medium-high heat
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 550
- Fat: 38g
- Carbohydrates: 24g
- Protein: 28g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Ground beef can be substituted with ground turkey or chicken.
- Rye bread can be substituted with sourdough or whole wheat bread.
- Swiss cheese can be substituted with cheddar or provolone cheese.

- Add sliced tomatoes or caramelized onions to the sandwich.
- Use guacamole instead of sliced avocado.
- Make it a double patty melt by adding an extra patty to each sandwich.

Tips and tricks:
- Don't overcook the patties, as they can become dry.
- Use a sturdy bread that can hold up to the weight of the sandwich.
- Let the sandwiches rest for a few minutes before cutting them to prevent the filling from spilling out.

Storage instructions:
- Store any leftover patties and avocado separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat the patties in the microwave or on the stovetop before assembling the sandwich.

Presentation ideas:
- Cut the sandwich in half diagonally and serve on a plate.

- Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.

- Serve with a side of sweet potato fries or a green salad.

Suggested side dishes:
- Sweet potato fries
- Green salad

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the patties are sticking to the skillet, add more butter or oil to the pan.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure the ground beef is cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F to prevent foodborne illness.

Food history:
- The patty melt is a classic American sandwich that originated in the 1940s.

Flavor profiles:
- The avocado adds a creamy texture and mild flavor to the sandwich, while the Swiss cheese adds a nutty and slightly sweet flavor.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve hot with a side of sweet potato fries or a green salad.

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Taste: Creamy, Savory, Tangy, Nutty, Rich