Jefferson County Recipe of the Day: Italian Patty Melt

Here’s an easy to serve sandwich for a busy week: Italian Patty Melt

Italian Patty Melt


1 egg
1/2 cup traditional spaghetti sauce, divided
3 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef (for a vegetarian alternative, use ground soy)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
8 slices Italian bread
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


~In a large bowl, combine the egg, 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce, bread crumbs and pepper.

~Crumble beef (or soy) over mixture and mix well. Shape into four oval patties; set aside.

~Combine butter and seasonings; brush over both sides of bread.

~In a large skillet, toast bread until lightly browned; set aside.

~In the same skillet, cook patties over medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink (for soy cook 2-4 minutes).

~Spoon remaining sauce over patties; sprinkle with cheese.Cover and cook for 1 minute or until cheese is melted.

~Place burgers on four slices of toast; top with remaining toast.

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