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Patty Melt with Caramelized Onions

Patty Melt with Caramelized Onions

Best Patty Melt EVER

I just recently got into the grand world of artisan sandwiches. Now is this an artisan sandwich? No this is not an artisan sandwich, but it is delicious! It’s simple and while caramelizing onions can take awhile (the majority of time for this recipe), it’s entirely worth it for the amazing flavor!

Another plus to this dish, is how many servings you can make! While there are only four servings for this recipe, scaling up is easy and won’t require much more time.

What’s in a Patty Melt?

A patty melt consists of a beef patty with swiss cheese and caramelized onions on rye bread. This recipe takes a slightly different approach and uses sourdough panini bread as I find it provides a slightly sweeter flavor. 

A patty melt is common for a dinner sandwich, but it works just as well for a filling lunchtime treat. 

How to Caramelize Onions

Something you should know beforehand is that there are plenty of “cooking tips” out there that say they can speed up the process of caramelizing onions. Be wary of any tip that says it can make the process faster, as good caramelized onions will always take time and patience!

First off, what are caramelized onions? Ironically, they are called that because they go through a caramelization process where the sugars in the onion break down and become something far sweeter and make the onion a soft brown.

This process is achieved by frying the onions in an oil/butter mixture on medium heat for roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour. Occasionally, the onions may heat up too much and brown too fast. If the onions are beginning to burn, simply add water to deglaze and continue the caramelization process while lowering the heat slightly.

Patty Melt with Caramelized Onions

Patty Melt with Caramelized Onions

A delicious lunch with creamy swiss cheese.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 815 kcal


Caramelized Onions

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion (peeled and sliced to length)
  • 1 pinch Brown Sugar

Beef Patty

  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1/4 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tbsp Onion powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Sourdough Bread

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese


Caramelized Onions

  • Heat olive oil and butter over medium heat in a non-stick cooking pan or skillet.
  • Add sliced onions to the pan and sautee until golden brown. This process can take between 50 minutes to and 1 hour if done correctly. If the onions are browning to quickly, simply add water to deglaze them and lower the heat a little. Add brown sugar to sweeten and salt to taste.

Patty Melt

  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix together ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
  • Form beef into patties slightly larger than the bread slice you'll be using, they'll shrink when cooked.
  • Using any pan, cook the patties on medium heat on both sides until there's no pink in the middle.
  • In a small bowl, mix the butter and mayonnaise until combined.
  • Spread the mayo/butter mixture on each piece of sourdough on one side each.
  • Using a pan, place a slice of buttered sourdough into the pan, butter side down. Place 1 slice of swiss cheese on the dry side. Add caramelized onions over the cheese. Place the beef patty over the onions and another slice of swiss cheese. Finally, place another piece of sourdough with the buttered side up.
  • Cook until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
Keyword lunch sandwich, melt sandwich, patty melt

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

slow cooker beef stew

My favorite meals to make are any that use a slow cooker. There’s no better feeling than throwing a bunch of things in a pot, letting the amazing aroma fill up the house, then have a ready made dinner when it’s done. 

A side note about this beef stew recipe, is that it isn’t made to be very thick like some beef stews. If you want it to be a little thicker, that’s nothing a little cornstarch can change!

slow cooker beef stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

A tasty beef stew that takes little effort to make!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 550 kcal


  • 2 lbs Beef stew meat (chopped into 1 inch cubes)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Russet Potatoes (chopped into 1 inch cubes)
  • 2-4 Carrots (chopped)
  • 3/4 Onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 3 cups Beef Broth
  • 2 tbsps Tomato Paste
  • 2 tbsps Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsps Parsley (chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Cook beef in skillet until evenly brown, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  • In slow cooker, place all ingredients left except flour and mix evenly, including the cooked beef.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  • After the 8 hours, whisk flour and 1/2 cup stew broth until evenly mixed. Add it into the slow cooker, cooking for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.
Keyword beef stew recipe, slow cooker beef stew



Balsamic Onion Scrambled Eggs – Easy Recipe

balsamic onion scrambled eggs

I’m surprised everyday by the new ways you can cook simple meals or the small additions that make them much more delicious. 

Most people already add onions to eggs to spice them up a bit, but have you ever considered balsamic vinegar? I hadn’t but was happy I did. Less then a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar for four eggs adds an enormous amount of taste!

There are other healthy options as well for your morning breakfast. A great example is Marcellina’s Egg White Frittatas! While such a simple ingredient the egg is, there are never ending options on how to cook it!

Balsamic Onion Scrambled Eggs

balsamic onion scrambled eggs

Balsamic Onion Scrambled Eggs

A simple scrambled egg recipe with a twist!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 450 kcal


  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/4 Onion (diced)
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Shredded Cheese (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)


  • Coat frying pan with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and begin heating on medium heat.
  • Add in diced onion and begin cooking until caramelized.
  • While onions begin to caramelize, whisk eggs in separate bowl until evenly mixed, adding in shredded cheese, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Once onions are caramelized, pour in egg mixture.
  • Continue cooking and scrambling over medium heat to desired consistency.
  • Serve with toast or biscuits.
Keyword balsamic onion scambled eggs, Balsamic vinegar eggs, breakfast egg recipes

What else for breakfast?

While I like to eat my balsamic onion eggs with buttered toast, there are other options to add to your plate as well like pancakes! I prefer the healthy option of almond milk pancakes, but to each their own.

Regardless of your extra addons to breakfast, I hope the balsamic onion scrambled eggs are what you wanted out of a meal to start your day!


Almond Milk Pancakes Recipe – Homemade

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Many breakfast meals are rich in dairy and to some that’s exactly what they want. But, not everyone want’s that and look for dairy free options. Well here we are, offering an awesome almond milk pancake recipe!

almond milk pancakes

Are you a fan of pancakes? Do you pour way too much syrup on them like me? Well what about trying them without milk?

The normal recipe for pancakes require milk to mix them, but sometimes you run out and forget to grab some on your grocery trip (definitely not speaking form experience). So what do you do? Well if you’re me, you use the almond milk you find in the fridge and discover what an amazing and healthy alternative it is!

almond milk pancake stack 2

Can You Make Pancakes with Almond Milk?

Yes you can make pancakes with almond milk as a substitute to dairy milk. In fact, the pancakes I made with almond milk were slightly sweeter and a bit more flavorful than those used with animal milk.

Can You Make Pancakes with Coconut Milk?

Absolutely! Another great dairy free substitute for pancakes is coconut milk. While this recipe uses almond milk, the same could be substituted with coconut milk for a slightly different, but still sweet taste!

Dairy Free Pancakes

There aren’t any other uses of dairy in this recipe. The only milk used is Almond Milk which is plant based. 

You may be asking, “what about butter?”. Another alternative here is if you plan on coating the pan or would usually use butter in the batter, different kinds of oils can be used as a substitute. The alternative oils you could use include olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil. 

Egg Free Pancakes?

I do want to clarify these aren’t egg free pancakes. This means the pancakes are NOT VEGAN and I’m not claiming that at all!

If you want vegan pancakes, simply take the eggs out of this recipe and substitute them with more almond milk or another egg substitute. 

Ingredients & Directions

almond milk pancake ingredients

The ingredients are minimal and will take roughly five minutes to combine/mix. Flour, egg, oil, sugar, baking powder, and of course almond milk are all it takes to make dairy free pancakes!

The first step is mixing together all of these ingredients until the pancake batter is smooth and there are no lumps! (picture below)

almond milk pancake batter

Heat the pan you want to cook with on medium heat with a little oil. Once the oil begins to shimmer, you’re ready to make your almond milk pancakes!

Depending on how big you want you pancakes will determine how much you pour. If you want pancakes like mine (4-5 inches in diameter), I use a 1/3 cup to pour the pancake batter into the pan. 

Cook the pancake until it begins to bubble like this.

almond milk pancake bubbles

Then flip the pancake and cook for the same amount of time on the other side! On first flip, your pancakes should look like the one below!

almond milk pancakes cooking

Continue cooking all your pancakes and serve!

Almond Pancake Toppings

These pancakes won’t naturally be the sweetest pancakes you’ve ever had. If you want a sweeter taste, I recommend adding at least powdered sugar and maple syrup. What you put on your pancakes is entirely up to you though! Below are a few extra suggestions for pancake toppings!

  • Butter
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Powdered sugar
  • Syrup

Printable Recipe

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Homemade Almond Milk Pancakes

A delicious and easy dairy-free pancake recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 pancakes
Calories 80 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsps Sugar
  • 2 tsps Baking Powder
  • 1 1/3 cups Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsps Canola Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • Toppings (optional)


  • Whisk flour, sugar, and baking powder in a medium sized bowl.
  • Add almond milk, 1 tablespoon canola oil, and egg to flour mixture. Whisk until smooth and there are no clumps.
  • Heat pan with 1 tablespoon of canola oil over medium heat until oil shimmers.
  • Pour batter using 1/3 cup and cook until there are bubbles in the batter. Flip once you see bubbles and cook the other side for an equivalent amount of time (1-2 minutes usually).
  • Once cooked, stack and serve with toppings of your choice.
Keyword almond milk pancake, dairy free pancake recipe, no milk pancake

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