Homemade Chopped Cheese Sandwich
At its heart, the chopped cheese is a simple affair—a cheeseburger deconstructed and elevated. A ground meat patty is fried, topped with cheese, then chopped into greasy, gooey bits that caramelize and turn slightly crunchy on the flat top griddle. That’s the unifying theme. After that, the chopped cheese is up to interpretation when it comes to additives (I go with caramelized peppers and onions) and bun (toasted hoagie roll here).
¼ lb. grass fed ground beef
1 hoagie roll
1 Tbsp. butter
Cracked black pepper
½ onion, diced
Toppings! (Tomato, tomato sauce, pickle, mayo, more cheese, you name it!)
If you’re going to add caramelized peppers and onions, your first step is prepping the veggies and heating a saute pan on medium heat. Add oil and when the pan is hot, add sliced onions and peppers. Add salt and a small pad of butter. Stir/flip occasionally until brown and caramelized as desired.
While the peppers are cooking, heat another saute pan and add the ground beef, cooking until browned. Sprinkle with kosher salt, pepper, and add about a tablespoon of yellow mustard. Stir until incorporated.
Heat a large, heavy skillet or flattop griddle over medium-high heat. Spread an ample amount of mayonnaise on the inside of each half of the hoagie and place on the griddle to brown. Alternatively, place your rolls on a baking sheet and broil on low until toasted.
Back to your ground beef, add 4-5 slices of American cheese to the pan and stir until melted. Scoop onto your hoagie roll and add your toppings!