Weeknight Cooking

Retro Dinner Tonight: Patty Melt + Chocolate Pudding

March  7, 2012

Inspiration for tonight's dinner: the all-American soda fountain. Honest food for honest folks. A juicy, gooey cheese and onion mess of a Patty Melt, followed by a big bowl of Chocolate Pudding. Soda jerk and sparkly red vinyl swizzle stool not included.

What can we say? You can have something green for dinner tomorrow, and in the meantime there'll be no complaints tonight. 

The Menu

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Patty Melt by cheese1227

Chocolate Pudding by amanda  

The Grocery List (for 4)

3 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/2 cup heavy cream + more for whipping to top the pudding, if you like
6 ounces 66% dark chocolate
2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
12 button mushrooms
8 ounces Gruyere
8 slices light rye bread

As always, we trust you've got eggs, vanilla, onions, butter, salt, pepper, milk, mustard, Worcestershire, mayo, and pickles on hand. If we're way off base, add them to the list! 

The Plan 

1. Make the chocolate pudding! It needs a nice chill in the fridge, and it's a pretty fast little monster of a recipe (thanks, blender!). Let it chill while dinner happens. 

2. Patty melt time! Coast blissfully through dinner prep, knowing that there are fudgy, bittersweet bowlfuls of chocolate deliciousness awaiting you at the end of the night. 

As I mentioned above, you may want to have something green for dinner tomorrow night. Like this, or maybe this. But that's tomorrow. For now, snuggle up on the sofa with a big spoon and a bowl of pudding and bask in a dinner well done. 


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Written by: Miranda Rake

Miranda is a writer and editor in Portland, OR. She has a sweet, curious toddler, and is passionate about all of the usual things like farmers markets, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and swimming in the sea. She hates leaf blowers and writing in the third person. Until recently, she owned and operated a small jam company, as is typical for a Portland-based millennial like herself.


Shalini March 7, 2012
YUM. I love this dinner. Yesterday we had the panko-crusted fish sticks and chocolate pudding!
Miranda R. March 7, 2012
Sounds like we're on the same page!
the M. March 7, 2012
Well, I guess I'm right in sync with the retro dinner tonight post! Before I got this post in my email, I had planned to make burgers tonight with pastured ground goat meat from my local farm. Since I don't have hamburger buns I was just going to use my homemade bread as the bun. Thanks for the reminder about the classic patty melt-I'll definitely use that recipe to spiff up my hamburger for tonight.
Miranda R. March 7, 2012
How perfect! Enjoy!
inpatskitchen March 7, 2012
We made the Patty Melt for dinner the other night and just loved it!! No room for pudding though...thanks to cheese1227 for such a great recipe!