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Pimento Cheese Patty Melts with Bacon

Pimento Cheese Patty Melts with Bacon

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 8 slices smoky bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound sharp yellow cheddar, grated
  • 1 4 ounce jar  chopped pimientos, drained
  • 1 3 ounce package  cream cheese
  • About 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • Softened butter
  • 8 slices good-quality white bread
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . Bake the bacon on a broiler pan until crisp, about 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, season the beef with salt and pepper. Mix in the worcestershire, parsley and onion. Form 4 large patties (thinner in the middle for even cooking).
  3. In a large skillet or cast-iron griddle, heat the EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the patties and grill, turning once, for about 8 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer to a plate.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cheddar, pimientos, cream cheese, mayo, hot sauce, paprika and garlic until well mixed, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Reheat the skillet or griddle over medium heat. Butter 1 side of each bread slice, placing buttered side down on a work surface. Spread with cheese mixture. Top each slice with a burger, 2 pieces of bacon and another bread slice. Griddle until golden and the cheese is melted.