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Southwest Patty Melt Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 8 slices of sourdough bread
- 8 slices of pepper jack cheese
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp adobo sauce (from canned chipotle peppers)
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt

Special equipment needed:
- Large skillet
- Spatula
- Mixing bowl
- Griddle or panini press (optional)

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.

2. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and shape each portion into a patty.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

4. While the patties are cooking, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in another skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and green bell pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

5. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, adobo sauce, lime juice, and salt.

6. Spread the adobo mayo on one side of each slice of bread.

7. Place a slice of pepper jack cheese on each slice of bread, on top of the adobo mayo.

8. Once the patties are cooked, place each patty on top of a slice of bread with cheese.

9. Top each patty with the sautéed onion and green bell pepper.

10. Place the remaining slices of bread on top of the onion and green bell pepper, with the cheese side facing down.

11. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add two sandwiches and cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side.

12. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cook the patties over medium-high heat and the sandwiches over medium heat.
Serving size:
This recipe makes 4 sandwiches.

Nutritional information:
Calories per serving: 690
Fat: 48g
Carbohydrates: 29g
Protein: 34g
Sodium: 1310mg
Sugar: 4g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Ground turkey or chicken can be used instead of ground beef.
- Any type of cheese can be used instead of pepper jack cheese.
- Any type of bread can be used instead of sourdough bread.

- Add sliced avocado or guacamole to the sandwich.
- Use a different type of sauce, such as ranch or barbecue sauce.
- Add sliced jalapeños for extra heat.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to shape the patties evenly so they cook evenly.
- Use a panini press or griddle to make the sandwiches if you have one.
- Don't overcook the patties or they will become dry.

Storage instructions:
Store any leftover patties and vegetables in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
Reheat the patties and vegetables in the microwave or on the stovetop. To reheat the sandwiches, place them in a toaster oven or oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
Serve the sandwiches on a plate with a side of fries or a salad.

Garnish with chopped cilantro or green onions.

Serve with a cold beer or a margarita.

Suggested side dishes:
Fries, sweet potato fries, or a side salad.

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

Food safety advice:
Make sure to cook the patties to an internal temperature of 160°F to ensure they are safe to eat.

Food history:
The patty melt is a classic American sandwich that originated in the 1940s. It typically consists of a beef patty, grilled onions, and cheese on rye bread.

Flavor profiles:
This sandwich has a spicy and smoky flavor from the chili powder, cumin, and adobo sauce. The sourdough bread adds a tangy flavor, while the pepper jack cheese adds a creamy and slightly spicy flavor.

Serving suggestions:
Serve the sandwich with a side of fries or a salad for a complete meal.

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Taste: Spicy, Savory, Tangy, Cheesy, Smoky, Herby