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Sunday Supper

Patty melts with loads of onions become filling for calzones

(Karoline Boehm Goodnick for The Boston Globe)

Patty melts are fun food. Just saying the name brings a smile. The sandwiches, made of thin beef patties, melted cheese, and caramelized onions on crisp buttered bread, are a welcome change from (though a little more work than) the ever-present burger. Rye bread is traditional but any oval-shaped slices will work. Sandwich them with patties and griddle in a hot skillet until they’re toasted.

For another meal, fill store-bought pizza dough with crumbled beef patties, caramelized onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and cubes of mozzarella. High on fun, low on effort.

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(Patty melts, calzones)

2½ pounds (85 percent lean) ground beef

4 tablespoons butter

8 ounces mozzarella

6 ounces thinly sliced cheddar, Swiss, or American cheese

1⅓ pounds pizza dough

8 slices rye, sourdough, or hearty
white bread

7 large yellow or Spanish onions

8 ounces cremini mushrooms

4 plum tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons canola oil

⅓ cup olive oil

Salt and pepper

⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 cup marinara sauce

½ cup flour


Lisa Zwirn can be reached at lisa@lisazwirn.com.