Open-faced sandwiches wind the clock back about fourteen years for me, into my early twenties. I had never heard of such a thing, but one of my good friends, Yanni, introduced me to them. He’d been on a “Hot open-faced turkey” kick at the infamous Penny’s Diner for quite some time. We’d arrive at the diner after a night out in the clubs at 3am, “Hot open-faced turkey please!” Or a long ride in the truck from a day racing at the drag-strip…. “I’ll take a Hot open turkey!” It was just his thing, and truthfully I never understood it, missing the top slice of bread and all… Until I tried one! Fast forward to today, where I wouldn’t dare to have “traditional” bread touch my meals, what is a Paleo-Peep to do??? I’ll tell you what I, Dan from Primal4Life, do… I use only the best, Paleo-approved breads around. One that does not spike your blood sugar and insulin levels. One that tastes great, and has good fats in it because it’s not made from processed wheat, but almonds and coconut instead. The one, the only, Julian Bakery Paleo Bread™. It allows me to recreate meals that I’ve missed, with a twist! This one goes out to my boy, Yanni.
Today’s open-faced meal was sparked when I was within 10 miles of my favorite fish market. I haven’t had their Arctic-Char in quite some time, which by the way comes from an organic farm in Finland. Normally I’m not a fan of farmed fish, but this char is delish! And with my toaster-oven, it was a quick and easy way to cook it all; the fish, the melted feta cheese, and the bread. And no mess to annoy my lovely wife! J Topped with a ton of veggies, this will satisfy just about anyone out there.
• 2 slices of Paleo Bread™ – Coconut or Almond, defrosted
• Arctic-Char (I used a 5 oz piece)
• 1 avocado, sliced
• Handful of basil (chopped)
• 1 clove garlic (minced)
• Handful of onion slices
• 1 cup raw spinach leaves
• 5 grape tomatoes, cut in ½
• 5 Kalamata olives, cut in ½
• Rosemary to sprinkle
• ¼ cup feta crumbles
• Salt & Pepper
1) Put arctic char in toaster oven, set to 350 F. (will be in about 25 minutes total)
2) While fish is in toaster oven, you can prep other ingredients due to cooking time if you have not done so already.
3) When fish is about 10 minutes to being done (about 15 min in), insert Paleo Bread™ – Coconut or Almond to start toasting.
4) Top fish with feta cheese crumbles with 5 minutes to go.
5) When timer is up, or fish is cooked to your liking, remove bread from toaster oven.
6) Place both slices of bread on plate, side by side.
7) Place spinach on bread, then layer fish on spinach.
8) Finally, add all remaining ingredients; avocado, basil, onions, olives, minced garlic, rosemary, tomatoes, and salt & pepper to taste.
• 10 minutes
• 25 minutes
Looking at this meal, I knew it was going to taste phenomenal. And it most certainly did! Many flavors, many colors, it was attractive to the eyes and the mouth. Julian Bakery’s Paleo Bread worked so well as a base for this meal, with lots of healthy ingredients that do not spike your blood sugar – this is the perfect way to enjoy an open faced sandwich. Was it similar to Yanni’s “Hot open turkey?” No… But it did bring back the good memories that we shared.
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Dan @ Primal4Life
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