9 Epic Open-Face Sandwiches

The best way to lighten up a sandwich? Take away one slice of bread.

Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyère and Egg
Photo: © JOHNNY MILLER

The best way to lighten up a sandwich? Take away one slice of bread. Pile the toppings high and give in to using a fork and knife. Here, nine delicious and satisfying open-face sandwiches so good you won't even miss that second slice.

Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyère, and Egg

Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyère and Egg
© JOHNNY MILLER

This sumptuous open-face sandwich is topped with gooey, melted cheese, salty prosciutto, and a runny egg.

Open-Face Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Open-Face Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches
© Tina Rupp

A smoky version of eggplant Parmesan, this crunchy, crusty sandwich is made entirely on the grill.

Open-Face Smoked-Mackerel Sandwiches

Open-Face Smoked-Mackerel Sandwiches
© Marie Hennechart

For this version of a classic Turkish sandwich called balik ekmek, grilled bread is spread with a creamy roasted garlic puree then topped with smoked mackerel, arugula, and slices of red onion and tomato.

Tomato, Prosciutto, and Gruyère Sandwiches

Tomato, Prosciutto and Gruyère Sandwiches
© James Merrell

Chef Daniel Humm's broiled open-face cheese sandwiches make a terrific snack or a decadent lunch.

Greek Salad Sandwiches

Greek Salad Sandwiches
© Martin Morrell

This is Greek salad perfection: chef Michael Psilakis tops warm bread with garlicky red-pepper tzatziki and a piquant combo of cucumbers, olives, peperoncini, tomatoes, radishes, greens, and feta.

Smoked Salmon Smørrebrød

Smoked Salmon Smørrebrød
© Marcus Nilsson

This gorgeous open-face rye sandwich topped with smoked salmon, tart apple, shaved fennel, and dill makes for the perfect light lunch.

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
© Eva Kolenko

F&W Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple makes these vegetarian sandwiches with plenty of chickpeas, onion, lemon juice, and dill.

Open-Faced Roasted Pepper and Hummus Sandwiches

Open-Faced Roasted Pepper and Hummus Sandwiches
© Pernille Pedersen

This classic pepper and hummus sandwich is a great midday snack. A drizzle of roasted red pepper-tinged olive oil on top adds another layer of flavor.

King Oyster Mushroom "BLT" with Basil Mayonnaise

King Oyster Mushroom "BLT" with Basil Mayonnaise
© Con Poulos

King oyster mushrooms have a firm, meaty texture and flavor that can mimic bacon on a BLT. Mixing fresh shredded basil into mayonnaise makes for an extra special sandwich spread.

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