Who remembers that slogan from the American Dairy Association? It’s one of the commercials I’ll never forget because cheese is powerful – each type has an original taste and it can instantly bring a smile to your face.
The best use of cheese in my opinion is the grilled cheese sandwich. Two beautifully buttered pieces of toasted bread with ooey, gooey cheese melted inside. Whomever decided to make April National Grilled Gheese Month is a genius.
Deciding what type of grilled cheese sandwich to make came pretty easy after reading this description from Land O Lakes® –
Land O Lakes® Deli American Cheese is smooth and delicious, with a melt-in-your-mouth creaminess that makes burgers, sandwiches and snacks irresistible. And of course,it’s a delicious cheese to have on hand when making a classic grilled cheese sandwich during National Grilled Cheese Month.
I instantly knew a patty melt would be the perfect companion to the 4 cheese blend – the caramelized onions, burger patty and rye bread called out for the sharp taste of this cheese.
In a non-stick sauté pan on medium-low heat, place the onions and olive oil and cook until the onions are soft and start to caramelize. Stir the onions frequently to avoid burning; it should take about 15-20 minutes for a nice golden brown color on the onions.
While the onions are cooking, divide the ground beef into 2 (4 ounce) patties and season each side generously with salt and pepper.
Remove the onions from the sauté pan and carefully wipe it clean with a paper towel. If necessary add a little olive oil and increase the heat to medium. Cook the burgers approximately 3 minutes per side.
To build the patty melts:
Butter one side of each piece of rye bread:
Place one buttered side down and place 2 slices of cheese down, lay half the cooked onions and then the burger. Top with 2 more slices of cheese and then the bread buttered side up. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Cook on medium heat in the non-stick pan, about 3 minutes per side or until the cheese is completely melted and the bread is golden brown.