10 Open-Faced Summer Sandwiches

Everything gets a little lighter when it’s hot outside, and the open-faced sandwich is a perfect example. Begone, second slice of bread! All of you have to do is pile delicious toppings onto a single, thick piece of toast, and chomp down on it while shooing away flies. (They’re everywhere these days. Ugh.) Naturally, the classic tomato sandwich rules them all, but here are ten more ideas for those days when you want to spice it up a bit.

1. The classic avocado sandwich.

Smash a few slices of perfectly ripe avocado on a crusty piece of toast. Drizzle with olive oil, top with sea salt. Add: crushed red pepper, black pepper, a squeeze of lime.

2. Salmon, radish, and apple open-faced sandwich.

A cool take on a traditional Danish dish.

3. Open-faced BLT. 

Coat one slice of toast with mayonnaise. Top in this order: 1) lettuce 2) tomato 3) bacon.

4. Open-faced steak sandwich with tomatoes and goat cheese.

Perfect for using up leftovers.

5. Fried egg and asparagus sandwich.

Roast or steam a few skinny pieces of asparagus. Fry up an egg, as hard or as runny as you like it. Butter a piece of toast, add the asparagus, top off with the fried egg. Finish with a crack of black pepper and a few shavings of cheese.

6. Fig, ricotta, and honey open-faced sandwiches.

Grecian and delicious.

7. Sautéed vegetables tossed with feta or parmesan cheese.

Slice up whatever produce is getting old inside your fridge, and quickly sauté with a bit of olive oil and garlic. Pile onto bread, crumble cheese on top.

8. Caramelized onions and a slice of mozzarella. 

Need I say more?

9. Open-faced bacon-and-egg sandwiches with arugula. 

The BLT’s fancier cousin.

10. Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches.

Spread cream cheese over toast. Top with thin slices of cucumber, julienned basil, salt, and pepper. Perfect for tea time.

Pro tip: if you have guests over, refer to these sandwiches as tartines. Que merveilleux!

photo attribute: Jeffery Loo on flickr


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