Friday, December 6, 2013

Meatball Patty Melt

Wrapping paper, tape, shopping, baking, cooking, more wrapping paper, parties, decorating...while I love the holidays, sometimes it is absolutely CRAZY!!!
My family knows that when I have that crazed look in my eyes to not even dare ask what is for dinner!
But I have something up my sleeve...
You've heard of a patty melt, right?
It's a type of sandwich that consists of a hamburger patty, topped with grilled onions and Swiss cheese.  It is served between two slices of rye or sourdough bread.  Delicious!  One of those comfort foods that is especially good in the winter.  But, have you heard of a meatball patty melt?  Just as good as the original....dare I say better?

Meatball Patty Melt
Here's what you need per sandwich:
2 slices of sourdough bread
3-4 meatballs, sliced in half
2 Tbsp spaghetti sauce
shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese (enough to get the bread slices to stick)

Really there is no magic to this sandwich.  It is more about recombining known ingredients in a new way.  To assemble the sandwich, sprinkle some cheese on one side of the bread.  Add the halved meatballs, the spaghetti sauce and more cheese.  Top the sandwich with the remaining slice of bread.  Butter one side of the sandwich and place butter side down onto a hot panini press or George Foreman grill.  Butter the remaining side and close the press.  Heat until the cheese melts, about 5-6 minutes.

That's it!  A great way to use up leftover meatballs in a quick way for a weeknight meal.  If you are really, really could be wrapping at the same time!  Ha!  Ha!  Multi-tasking at it's best!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet!