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Bacon and Cheese Patty Melt Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 slices of bacon
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 4 slices of Swiss cheese
- 4 slices of sourdough bread
- 2 tablespoons butter

Special Equipment Needed:
- Large skillet
- Spatula
- Knife

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Divide the mixture into four equal parts and shape them into patties.

2. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon from the skillet and set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate.

3. In the same skillet, cook the onion over medium heat until it is caramelized and tender. Remove the onion from the skillet and set it aside.

4. In the same skillet, cook the beef patties over medium heat until they are cooked through, about 5-6 minutes per side.

5. While the patties are cooking, butter one side of each slice of sourdough bread.

6. Once the patties are cooked, remove them from the skillet and set them aside. In the same skillet, place two slices of bread butter-side down.

7. Top each slice of bread with a slice of Swiss cheese, a beef patty, two slices of bacon, and a quarter of the caramelized onions.

8. Top each sandwich with another slice of Swiss cheese and another slice of sourdough bread, butter-side up.

9. Cook the sandwiches over medium heat until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.

10. Serve hot.

- Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Cooking time: 25 minutes
- Medium heat
Serving size:
- 4 servings

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 610
- Fat: 38g
- Carbohydrates: 26g
- Protein: 39g

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

- Add sliced tomatoes or avocado to the sandwich.
- Use a different type of cheese, such as blue cheese or pepper jack.
- Add a fried egg on top of the patty melt.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure to cook the bacon until it is crispy to add texture to the sandwich.
- Caramelizing the onions adds a sweet and savory flavor to the sandwich.
- Buttering the bread before cooking adds flavor and helps the bread toast evenly.

Storage Instructions:
- Store any leftover patties, bacon, and onions in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
- To reheat the patties, bacon, and onions, place them in a skillet over medium heat until heated through.
- To reheat the sandwich, place it in a toaster oven or oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes until heated through.

Presentation Ideas:
- Serve the sandwich on a plate with a side of fries or a salad.

- Garnish the sandwich with chopped parsley or green onions.

- Serve the sandwich with a cold beer or a glass of red wine.

Suggested Side Dishes:
- French fries
- Sweet potato fries
- Coleslaw
- Caesar salad

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the bread is not toasting evenly, adjust the heat on the skillet or move the sandwich around in the skillet to ensure even toasting.

Food Safety Advice:
- Make sure to cook the ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure it is safe to eat.

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

Flavor Profiles:
- The patty melt is a savory sandwich with a combination of beef, bacon, cheese, and caramelized onions.

Serving Suggestions:
- Serve the patty melt hot with a side of fries or a salad.

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Taste: Savory, Salty, Umami, Rich, Comforting