A Big Mac Patty Melt is a frivolous but wonderful thing. It’s definitely a recipe that doesn’t need to exist. It falls under the same category as deep-fried mac n’ cheese and fried chicken and waffles – recipes that are a bit much. But I’m willing to bet that there are moments in your life when you’re glad these over-the-top dishes are there. When the phrase “Don’t just eat a hamburger, eat the help out of it” couldn’t ring truer. And I had one of those moments last week when I made this Big Mac Patty Melt.
Making a quesadilla for dinner is a lot like walking out of your pants the moment you step through the door – it’s bliss, a relief, a reward. Or at least that’s how I look at it. Quesadillas are a simple pleasure. They can be delicious with nothing more than cheese, or life-changing when more elaborate. And therein lies what I love most about the quesadilla, their versatility. You can stuff any sad thing for your crisper into them and transform it from yuck to yum. But today we’re not making quesadillas out of necessity, we’re making them on purpose. These Acorn Squash Quesadillas are far from flung together but they still feel carefree, fun, and most importantly, cozy.
Okay, I know everyone and their dog is putting burrata on everything right now. And I realize this blog needs another burrata recipe like I need another hole in my head. But I just can’t say no to this beautiful, luxurious cheese. It’s so magical and visually impactful – it’s basically a food stylist and recipe developer’s dream. And in the summer? Well, come on, name me a more summer-friendly cheese. And yes, I realize burrata’s most frequent companions are tomatoes and peaches and here I am with all three on a giant sandwich. What can I say? I’m basic and so is this Peach Caprese Party Sub. But being basic doesn’t mean you can’t be delicious.
Summer is in full swing and grills everywhere are getting a workout. Sausages, burgers, and steaks are in high demand right now and it’s not hard to see why. These BBQ staples are near dear to so many people’s hearts. I myself have been flipping more than my fair share of burgers. But I realized the other day that chicken hadn’t graced my grill all that much this year. So I whipped up these Ginger Chicken Thigh Sandwiches to atone for my pitmaster faux pas. This is such a wonderful and effortless recipe and you don’t need much more than a cast-iron griddle or a tiny charcoal grill to pull it off. So whether you’re in a public park or your own backyard, you can totally pull these sammies off.