Who doesn’t love beef sliders? This bar snack is one of my go-to recipes when I want to grab and go on the grill.
The prep-work is quick and the end result, delicious.
The Plum Deluxe upgrade is the Wagyu, the “foie gras of beef.” In this recipe, I used Lone Mountain, which is easy to buy online and store in your freezer until ready to use.
CULINARY TIP: What’s the difference between Wagyu and Kobe beef? It’s similar to the Champagne/sparkling wine vocabulary debate. Wagyu is a breed of Japanese cattle, whereas Kobe is not a breed or type of animal, but specifically the Wagyu beef bred, born, and raised in the Kobe Prefecture of Japan. If you find a product that is labeled Kobe, it must legally be from Kobe, Japan. Wagyu beef you find here in the States is the same type of animal, raised in a similar fashion, but just not from Kobe, Japan.
(Shorter version: Wagyu beef is succulent & delicious. Kobe beef is succulent & delicious. Any questions?)
Now, on to the recipe.
Wagyu Beef Patty Melt
1/2 pound beef
1 clove garlic (diced)
1 shallot (diced)
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 teaspoon pepper (more if you like)
1 pinch kosher salt
2 deli slices Swiss cheese
3 medium sized yellow onions
2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
salt & pepper to taste
2 ciabatta rolls from your favorite bakery
In a prep-bowl, place the meat, garlic, shallot, cream, pepper, and salt. Mix thoroughly. I like using my hands since there is no better kitchen utensil for the job.
Chop your onions into rings and in a large frying pan, warm the butter or oil over medium to medium-high heat. Once your butter has melted or your oil starts to separate, add the onions to the pan with the salt and pepper. Sautée onions until translucent; I like mine a little bit more “grilled” then just sautéed.
While your onions are cooking, divide the meat mixture into two parts and form into patties (make sure they’ll fit inside your rolls.) Over medium heat (either on the stove or grill), cook your patties to your desired temperature, placing the cheese on top when just a few minutes of cooking time remain. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.
Assemble your patty melt and enjoy!
Editorial Disclosure: The author received a product sample to review, but was not compensated or obliged to write a review and/or a recipe.