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Playing Rachel Patty Melts


For the Dressing
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • Salt and pepper
For the Patties
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground dark-and-white meat turkey
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion (grate over the turkey to catch the juices)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground poultry seasoning, such as Bells (about 1/2 palmful)
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • A drizzle of vegetable oil or EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sandwich Fixins
  • 1 1-pound package sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
  • 8 slices marble rye or pumpernickel bread
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 deli slices Emmenthaler cheese
  • 8 deli slices sharp cheddar
  • Spicy brown mustard


Serves: 4


In a small bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients.

Heat a griddle pan over medium-high heat. Combine all of the patty ingredients except for the oil; form 4 patties. Drizzle the oil on the griddle, add the patties and cook, turning once, until cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Wipe the griddle.

In a small saucepan, warm the sauerkraut over medium heat.

Lightly spread 1 side of each bread slice with the butter. With the buttered sides facing down, build the patty melts: Spread the dressing liberally on unbuttered side of 4 bread slices, then top each with two slices of Emmenthaler slices, an even layer of sauerkraut, a turkey patty and 2 cheddar slices. Slather the mustard on the unbuttered sides of the 4 other slices and set in place. Griddle, turning once, until crisp on the outside and cheese is melted, 6-8 minutes.