What is it about them that causes such strong emotions? Well, a typical sandwich, filling between two pieces of bread is about as humble as you can get. Open faced sandwiches are decadent. Some people even eat them with a fork and a knife!
Open faced sandwiches declare class warfare on finger food.
Open faced sandwiches are the popular sandwich in Europe. They are prevalent in Nordic countries, even eaten as breakfast fare. In France, they are called tartine and are typically thin breads with a thin layer of toppings. The understanding is that by being thin, the sandwich fillings are most tasty.
In America, we think of open faced sandwiches as appetizers. Bruschetta and Crostini are popular Italian open faced sandwiches that have become mainstream.
Bruschetta is typically grilled bread, rubbed with garlic and toppings are added. Bruschetta comes from "bruscare" meaning to roast over coals. This refers to the bread in the bruschetta.
Crostini means "little toasts" - the bread is toasted and topped with various ingredients.
Open faced sandwiches can be served with a sauce or just a single topping. They can be simple or built high. Like all things, using the best ingredients makes the best sandwich.
Here are some that we had for dinner tonight:
Vegetable Crostini with Boursin Cheese (served cold)
Tomorrow's Feature will be Sandwich Spread and Sauce Recipes. Stay tuned.