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Italian Patty Melts

 Italian Patty Melts
End the week on a fun note with an easy-to-serve and easy-to-enjoy sandwich. Either serve these Italian-style burgers as a sandwich or open-faced with extra sauce. Simple and Delicious Test Kitchen
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 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 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.
  • 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. Yield: 4 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 sandwich equals 490 calories, 23 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 132 mg cholesterol, 785 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 32 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.