I’m in the US with my daughter and husband and their brand new baby. I could post dozens of baby photos every day but tempting as that is, I’ll try and mix it up a bit. My other main activities here are enjoying the scenery and fall colors, and helping out with meals. We definitely eat well in Panama but here I have access to some different things, and this is a vegetarian household so I get to experiment with different ideas.
Today I made open face sandwiches for and was very happy with how they turned out.
To make sandwiches for three or four people you will need –
- Bread – sandwich rolls sliced lengthwise, or some nice hearty loaf sliced up, something that will toast up nicely with crunchy edges
- mayonnaise to spread on the bread
- 1/2 pound of feta cheese, crumbled
- a thinly sliced tomato, or two if they are small
- a few tablespoons of seasoned bread crumbs (optional)
- 1/4 – 1/2 pound of mozzarella cheese, grated
- lemon juice (from about 1/2 a lemon)
- vegetables – I used a garlic clove, 1/4 red onion, 1/2 green pepper, a couple mushrooms, a zucchini, half a yellow squash, and a big handful of spinach
Turn the oven on to broil
Slice the vegetables thinly and saute in a bit of oil, starting with the garlic, onions, peppers, and mushrooms. When they are starting to look cooked, add the squash. When the squash is almost done add the spinach and saute until wilted. The idea is to get all the veggies to about the same level of lightly cooked at the same time.
While the veggies are cooking spread the mayo on the bread, and then sprinkle on the feta cheese. Toast in the broiler until the cheese is starting to melt and the edges of the bread are toasted. Remove from oven.
Slice the tomato(s) thinly and grate the mozzarella cheese.
Put the veggie mixture on the bread. Arrange the tomato slices on top, sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs and lemon juice. Top with grated mozzarella. Return to the broiler until the cheese is melted and if you prefer, lightly browned.
Remove from broiler and enjoy!
I could easily make these in Panama too. We would have to hunt a bit for mushrooms and we don’t have spinach but everything else is readily available in the supermarket or vegetable stand. And, you can make it with any veggies you prefer and I’m sure it would be great with any number of combinations.