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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Patty Melts

It's always good to have an easy meal in the line-up that can be swapped with another if cooking time will be short one day.  Patty Melts are just that for me.  One bag of pre-made patties will make two meals at our house - hamburgers and Patty Melts.

pre-made hamburger patties, one per person
one slice of cheddar cheese per patty
Dill or Rye bread, 2 slices per person
1 large onion

Slice the onion and sauté in a frying pan with butter until translucent.

Meanwhile, cook the hamburger patties seasoning them with garlic salt and pepper.  Remove from the heat and cover with cheese.

Butter one side of each slice of bread.

Assemble the sandwich.


  • Bread, butter side down.
  • Hamburger patty
  • Onions
  • Second piece of bread, butter side up.
Brown as with a grilled cheese sandwich, on or in a fresh griddle or pan.
Cut in half.  Enjoy!

To Freeze ahead - freeze the bread and patties separately.
Cook fresh.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Fool's Dinner was Delicious, No Joke!

Several weeks ago a friend put a food magazine in front of me.  As I flipped through it, one article caught my eye, entrees for an April Fool's Day Dinner.  I read them pretty carefully and made a mental note to serve them come April 1. 

That would be something new for me as I'd not participated in the joking since the late 1980's when a prank backfired on me.  I'd put whole cloves of garlic in my boyfriend's sandwich, and he loved it!  Since then, I've come to love garlic, too - minced and in smaller quantities.  I'd also sworn off of any more April Fool's jokes.  However, all that changed with the magazine article, and I set out to prepare an unforgettable meal for my family.

Freshly made pasta with red sauce and meatballs
Freshly baked bread (from the store bakery)
Salad - Romaine and Spinach with Light Champagne dressing (Girard's)

Sounds good, right?  Even looks good!  In fact, I sent a photo of the cake to my son to entice him home for dinner.

Well, the frosting pasta was a little too sweet for some pasta-lovers.  And the malted milk ball meatballs as little too crunchy and the red (raspberry) sauce was sweet, not savory.  Perhaps it was really dessert...

Then I offered my family the cake.  Some flat-out said, "No!"  One of my daughters who'd seen me assembling it quickly said, "Yes!"  And so I cut it and served it.  Carrot cake?  Meatloaf?  It was confusing.  It was so very delicious!

Make your favorite meatloaf recipe. Mine is Souperior Meatloaf on the Lipton Onion Soup Mix box.  Divide it in half and bake in two 9" round pans.  Cool slightly and remove from pans. 

Make your favorite mashed potatoes.  You will use them like frosting.  I actually made them the day before and used the leftovers, but it took about 4lbs worth of potatoes to frost the "cake."

Place one meatloaf on a cake plate.  Cover the top of it with potatoes.  Place the second meatloaf on top.  Cover the top and sides generously with potatoes for a delicious meatloaf cake.  It was a hit and we've been fighting over the leftovers.  I may even make it this way again soon just because it was so good!