Chorizo Patty Melt

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I’ve mentioned Cheryl before. My soulmate of a BFF who used to love bacon & hot wings more than a 40 year old man. I mean this lovingly.

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Before she became a vegetarian, there was one very important meat her taste buds never touched – my one true love, chorizo. She realizes the error of her ways. So we came up with this game plan.

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When my sweet Cheryl is on her death bed, taking her final breaths, I will be by her side. She will be in a floral, grandma-esque nightgown (her favorite) & I in a black suit (for dramatic effect).

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I will sit by her bed & hold her hand. She will look at me & whisper, “It’s time.” That’s when I ring the small, gold bell on her nightstand. In comes Chives (the butler) with a silver platter. I lift off the cover & there is a sizzling plate of perfectly cooked chorizo. I will spoon-feed her as many bites as her frail body can handle. She will thank me before her eyes close for good.

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So we’re a bit morbid, but what kind of friend would I be if I let her go her entire life without one of these?!

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 1 patty melt


  • 8-9 oz. of pork chorizo
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 pieces of sourdough bread
  • 1 tsp. of garlic salt
  • 1 tsp. of onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1 tsp. of cilantro, chopped
  • 4 slices of pepper jack cheese
  • Butter, for bread
  • Olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat a tbsp. of olive oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat
  • Add the onion + S+P, turn down the heat to low-med, let cook for 18-20 minutes or until caramelized to your liking, remove onions from pan + set aside
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400
  • In a bowl, combine chorizo + garlic salt + onion salt + crushed red pepper + cumin + paprika + cilantro + S+P
  • Heat another tbsp. of olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat
  • Form chorizo into a patty + put into pan
  • Sear for 5-6 minutes + flip, searing the other side for another 5-6 minutes
  • Finish chorizo in the oven for 10-12 minutes
  • Remove patty from skillet + heat another tbsp of olive oil in it over medium heat
  • Butter two pieces of bread, add one butter side down to the skillet
  • Pile on 2 slices of cheese + onions + chorizo + onions + 2 slices of cheese + other piece of bread
  • Place a cast iron skillet onto the sandwich to press it
  • Flip after 5-6 minutes + place the cast iron skillet down again
  • Smash it into your face

19 thoughts on “Chorizo Patty Melt

  1. Susan Christopher says:

    I’ll hate to see Cheryl go but this dish will make her passing easier to bare. Looks so delicious I thought it was a juicy cheeseburger at first .


  2. Fx says:

    You made me laugh…Cheryl is lucky to have such a caring friend!

    The recipe looks/sounds delicious; my son is going to be so, so grateful to you when I make these 😉


  3. Mimsy @ Yummy in my Clean Tummy says:

    First of all, I love Chorizo and all the goodness it entails… but I burst out laughing envisioning your friend in her floral, grandma-esque nightgown and you in a black suit ringing for Chives, the butler to bring a chorizo patty melt on a silver platter made me burst out laughing (in a good way of course!). Thanks for the chuckle this morning 🙂


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