Quick Lunch or Dinner – Hot Open-Faced Sandwiches

Hot Open-Faced Sandwiches – version 1 –  Tomato, Bacon & Cheese

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Hot Open-Faced Sandwiches – Version 2 – Warm & Puffy Open-Faced Cheese Sandwiches

+++ Update – I bet “Version 2” would really be good with bits of cooked bacon or ham mixed in!  Actually, so would a bit tuna,, salami or turkey etc. 

Any time of day is a good time for an open-faced sandwich. And a sandwich is particularly good when it’s adorned with melted cheese! These Melted Cheese,Tomato and Bacon Open-Faced Sandwiches – and the Warm & Puffy Open-Faced Cheese Sandwiches – are super easy and yummy.

With the addition of a green salad, cold slaw, potato salad or sliced avocado drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette, both the Melted Cheese,Tomato and Bacon Open-Faced Sandwiches and the Warm & Puffy Open-Faced Cheese Sandwiches are perfect for an easy dinner.

(1) Melted Cheese, Tomato and Bacon Open-Faced Sandwiches – Uses toaster oven  – or toaster and broiler

Recently I went through I time where I was kind of “addicted” to these sandwiches.  I like to spread a bit of mayonnaise on these babies once they’re heated up. And that’s part of why my cholesterol is so high – my total fascination with all things mayonnaise.

HOW TO —  Lightly toast two English Muffins – cut in half. Place a ripe & juicy tomato slice on top of each of the halves of English muffin. On top of the tomato, place a few slices of cooked bacon. Place a slice of Swiss cheese – or any cheese of your choice – on top of the bacon.  (I like to sprinkle on a bit of oregano on top of the cheese but you can sprinkle on anything you like.)

Turn toaster oven to BROIL and broil until cheese is melted.   ++ Make sure you keep your eye on your sandwiches, broilers seem to wait until your back is turned, then they immediately burn your lunch! Recipe makes 4 sandwiches.

2 – Warm & Puffy Open-Faced Cheese Sandwiches – OR – Appetizers  Uses toaster oven – or toaster and broiler

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++ UPDATE – – – I highly recommend grating the cheese using a block of cheese. The pre-shredded cheese sold in the diary section doesn’t have the same taste as freshly grated cheese & the sandwiches don’t ‘puff up’ in the same way.

++ For Sandwiches – These sandwiches are rich and filling – and would be great for a brunch as well as lunch. If you add a salad, you’ve got a quick dinner idea! It’s pretty cool how the filling puffs up a bit as it heats up.  Recipe makes 6 open-faced sandwiches.

++ For Appetizers  Prepare as usual. Once they come out of the broiler, cut each English muffin into 1/4’s and there you go – a delicious hot appetizer!!

  Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups hard cheese, grated – such as Cheddar   (You can use pretty much any time of hard cheese, except for cheeses with a very strong flavor. Mozzarella – or any other type of soft cheese – is not recommended.)
  • 1/8 cup mayonnaise
  • a few sprinkles of Mrs. Dash
  • sprinkle on a little Paprika – for color
  • 3 English Muffins, cut in half to give you 6  halves – toasted

In a bowl, mix until well-blended; 1 egg, 2 cups grated hard cheese, 1/8 cup mayonnaise and a few sprinkles of Mrs. Dash & Italian Seasonings – or any seasonings you like.

Lightly toast 6 English Muffin halves. Spread egg/cheese mixture evenly on top of the toasted English muffins or toast. Broil until cheese mixture is hot and bubbling. It doesn’t get much easier than that!   Enjoy!


			

11 thoughts on “Quick Lunch or Dinner – Hot Open-Faced Sandwiches

  1. I love open faced sandwiches. They are always such a pleasure to eat. And the addition of avocado is great too, and they are warm and puffy. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing your story Ashley!! I loved your story!!
    I know you don’t eat bacon but I’m glad you like the tomato-melted cheese sandwiches. Tell me, do you make them with English Muffins? I like them best with English Muffins!

  3. It’s funny, because I remember one time we were all over Memere’s house, and Danny(?) made one of the tomato/cheese variety, and we were all drooling over it. We’ve been making them ever since! How funny to realize the inspiration and tradition came from you!

  4. John – the garden photo in my “header” was taken in one of my gardens at our farm in Quebec. I really miss those gardens, although I have some lovely gardens here.

  5. Sorry, you’ve not been well, Cecile, and hope you’re feeling better now. Both sandwiches sound tasty and would be perfect for lunch or a quick dinner. I think I might add a bit of bacon, though, just cuz I can. 🙂
    Thanks for the inspiration. These will definitely hit my table this Summer when I don’t want to cook.

    • Hi John ! Actually, the first time I ate this combination of tomato, crispy bacon & melted cheese sprinkled with oregano was when I was a child and my godmother took me to a neighbors’s for lunch. The neighbor actually made these with English muffins…. I totally forgot to mention that in my post… I think they taste best that way.
      Once I had my own family, we used to have these for dinner sometimes, and we all enjoyed them very much. They’re still one of my favorites. And I’m like you – it’s “all about” the crispy bacon! And a little bit of oregano. (Thanks for your well-wishes…. I’m getting tired of not feeling 100%…)

  6. Great idea Lorrie!! It’s certainly not one of my best photos… I’ve found that it’s awfully hard to photograph recipes with light colored food. I hope Mr. Lickey likes these!! ; o )

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