Cheesy Pork Sausage Patty Melt
March 01, 2021
"This patty melt can be served for either breakfast or lunch. If you want to save time, there's nothing wrong with buying good quality country sausage patties in place of making them from scratch."
- FOR APPLE ONION RELISH
- FOR SANDWICHES
- Serving Size: 1 (511 g)
- Calories 1000.4
- Total Fat - 61.6 g
- Saturated Fat - 30 g
- Cholesterol - 171.1 mg
- Sodium - 2591.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 74.3 g
- Dietary Fiber - 4.5 g
- Sugars - 29.8 g
- Protein - 40.6 g
- Calcium - 626.5 mg
- Iron - 4.5 mg
- Vitamin C - 32 mg
- Thiamin - 0.9 mg
FOR THE APPLE ONION RELISH
Fill a mixing bowl with cold water and add the lemon juice.
Grate the apples on the large holes of a box grater. Place the apples in the lemon water to prevent them from browning.
Grate the onion. Set aside.
In a cast iron pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sauté the onions for 10 to 15 minutes, until slightly caramelized.
Deglaze the onions with apple cider vinegar.
Drain the apples and add them to the pan with the sugar, the ginger and a pinch of kosher salt. Continue to sauté until the apples have softened, 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat, and stir in the reserved lemon zest.
Let completely cool before transferring to an airtight container for up to 3 days.
FOR THE SANDWICHES
Mix the ground pork and sausage meat, black pepper, garlic, thyme, sage, maple syrup (if using, refer to Note), red pepper flakes, and kosher salt.
Form the pork into four equal oblong patties that are about the size and shape of your bread slices.
Make a little indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb.
Fry the pork patties on medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, until they reach an internal temperature of 160ºF. Remove the patties to a plate.
In the same pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Place a slice of bread in the pan and stack a pork patty, 2 tablespoons of apple onion relish, two slices of cheese, and another slice of bread on top.
Fry in butter for 3 to 4 minutes to brown the bread. Carefully lift the sandwich with a spatula. Melt another tablespoon of butter before flipping the melt.
Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
Repeat with the other sandwiches. Serve warm.
Note: If you want to make it less breakfasty, you may omit the maple syrup and the sage, but in my opinion, I'd leave it in. You may also add a fried egg over the cheese, if you want to make it a hardy breakfast patty melt.
Tips & Variations
No special items needed.