If you have ever visited the Indiana State Fair, you are familiar with the Pork Patty Sandwich. Hoosiers wait all year for that famous sandwich. We love visiting the Fair and affectionately call it grazing rather than visiting. And we don't miss the pork patties either.
Thankfully, we no longer have to wait for the State Fair to roll around in order to enjoy a Pork Patty Sandwich. Indiana Pork Producers are releasing a frozen package of 8 patties available in Central Indiana Marsh Supermarkets just in time for Labor Day. This is an Indiana grown product.
Each pack comes with eight individually separated patties, a recipe card, and a featured farmer's information.
I found about this wonderful opportunity through attending an Indiana Pork Blogger Day where we learned about the patties, we got to cook patties for lunch, and were challenged to create our own recipe to "dress your burger". I was sent home with a package to experiment with my own recipe.
I have a favorite pork roast recipe that I thought might translate well to a patty. So here is what I tried.
Applesauce Pork Patties
- 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 - 2 tablespoons mixed spices (I used roasted garlic and herb)
Honestly, I have made this mix so often, I no longer measure. I measured for this specific application but normally I just throw the ingredients together by sight.
You can grill the patties directly from frozen. I suggest a grill pan or on the barbeque. Although you might be tempted to cook them on high, don't. The grease causes a lot of smoke and can easily burn you or the patty.
After the first side is done and I flipped them, I added a tablespoon of the applesauce mix and continued to cook them. You'll want to cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
I wanted the sauce to get crunchy, similar to what happens when I cook a roast with the sauce on top so I placed the cooked patties under the broiler.
Here is my finished patty and yes, it was tasty. My daughter likes hers plain, without the sauce, my husband liked his with the sauce and added mayonnaise. I would love to know how you would "Dress your burger."
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~A special thanks to Indiana Pork Farmers and IFOF for this post