Rediscover the Patty Melt

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With all of the work and time put into preparing holiday meals, family feasts and friendly gatherings, sometimes you just need a break — something simple to prepare, something that satisfies your most basic cravings, something that makes use of all that fresh baked bread that has found its way to your kitchen table.

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As far as American cravings go, there's just something about a simple hamburger. It's why I'm never surprised to overhear excitement about yet another burger restaurant concept. It's why I understand the frenzy when people find out a new In-N-Out is surfacing somewhere in the exotic southwest.

Our love affair with ground beef and burger buns is something that's a part of our cultural DNA. In fact, it's often the first thing we want to taste when coming back from a vacation or international travel. "Just give me a cheeseburger."

Something similar, yet surprisingly unheralded when contrasted against a hamburger, though, is the good ol' patty melt — something I personally admit to rediscovering just this past weekend.

Caramelized onions, melted cheese, and grilled toast is easier to source than a rounded bun. What's not to love?

Maybe today's the day you too get reacquainted with hamburger's step-brother.

(Image credits: Ingrid Beer - The Cozy Apron; Ingrid Beer - The Cozy Apron)

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