25 Tartines, Bruschetta, and Open-Faced Sandwiches

updated Dec 4, 2023
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Zucchini butter toasts plated.
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You say bruSHETta, I say bruSKETta, we all say tartine! Open-faced sandwiches seem to have a special place, here at The Kitchn, with over a dozen recipes scattered through our archives. Why? They’re so pretty, their piled fillings on display, and they work well as lunch, dinner, an appetizer. From sweet potato goat cheese bruschetta to a ricotta, fig, and honey tartine for fall, here are 25 of our favorite open-faced sandwiches.

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Savory Sourdough French Toast with Mushrooms
This savory French toast, topped with a simple salad made with arugula, radishes, and seared mushrooms, is the most delicious way to enjoy breakfast for dinner.
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Baby & Me Avocado Toast
Avocado toast is one of my absolute favorite ways to serve up a meal that works for all. Here's how to adapt for grown-up and baby tastes.
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Roasted Tomato Tartine

Any time of day, anywhere you are, just make this scrumptious open-facer. You won’t be sorry you did!

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Egg, Arugula, and Herb Tartine

Makes great lunch for crowd.

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Garlicky Great Northern Beans and Broccoli Rabe over Toast

A wonderfully satisfying bowl of beans and bitter greens amps up the garlic and uses the rich bean cooking liquid instead of stock. Serve these beans over toast to make it a meal.

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Tomato Bruschetta
Everything you need to know about making homemade tomato bruschetta, from choosing the best tomatoes to toasting the bread.
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Peach and Prosciutto Bruschetta

This appetizer is mind-blowingly delicious, and you don’t really even need a recipe to put it together.

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Fava Bean and Radish Bruschetta

Fresh, simple bruschetta makes a fantastic appetizer or light meal.

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Mushroom and Arugula Bruschetta

If you can’t find time to pull this together for a leisurely afternoon, it would be just as divine as a light dinner for two or snacks before heading out on the town.

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Summer Tartines With Mozzarella, Basil, and Nectarines

This open-faced sandwich has all the qualities of our favorite kind of summer dish – light, fresh, little or no heat required, and taking full advantage of the season’s produce.

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Bombay Toast
Savory French toast soaked in a spicy egg mixture with turmeric, cumin, coriander, cilantro, diced chiles and onions, before it's hit with mozzarella and served with cilantro chutney.
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Honey-Yogurt Avocado Toast

Honeyed Greek yogurt adds a tangy, creamy base for toasted bread that’s piled with buttery avocado slices. The last keys to this satisfying breakfast are more honey drizzled over the top, and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt to pull it all together.

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Zucchini Butter Toasts with Hazelnuts and Herbs
This satisfying, summery dish also just to happens to be vegan. It makes for the perfect lunch or light dinner.
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Smashed Egg Toasts with Herby Lemon Yogurt
A quick and easy breakfast toast topped with an herby Greek yogurt and smashed, soft-cooked eggs.
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Caprese Avocado Toast

All the components of a caprese salad — from the ripe tomatoes and the creamy mozzarella to the fresh basil and the tangy balsamic glaze — are a good friend to the cool avocado.

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Ricotta Toast with Cider-Braised Squash
Butternut squash is braised with apple cider, whole grain mustard, vinegar, and a pinch of brown sugar until tender, then piled atop ricotta toast for a sweet bite.
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Coconut Toast

At the heart of coconut toast is plain ol’ unsweetened shredded coconut — an ingredient you may have in your freezer right now. Mix it with browned butter, sugar, and an egg, then spread it over slices of bread and toast until lightly browned and gooey.

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Ricotta and Fresh Pea Toast

Rich brioche toasted up golden-brown topped with an easy mixture of creamy ricotta cheese cut with some lemon zest for zing, a mixture of fresh sweet peas mashed with lemon juice and fresh mint and delicious, salty prosciutto.

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Open-Faced Chicken Salad Sandwich

Split the difference between sandwich and no-sandwich by making it open-faced, one piece of toast with the ingredients on top, eaten with a knife and fork.

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Open-Faced Pizza Burgers
Open-faced pizza burgers are served on split English muffins with ground beef, seasoned marinara sauce, and plenty of melted mozzarella cheese.
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Cheese on Toast
Cheese on toast is a quick, easy bite for any time of day.
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Blistered Tomato Toasts

Get a really good bread, brush it with really good olive oil, buy some bright ripe tomatoes, and use nice anchovies packed in olive oil. Every bite will be worth it.

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Mini Bagels and Lox

Toast some mini bagels and top them with a quick schmear of cream cheese — flavored with chives if you like. Layer on the smoked salmon, sprinkle with toppings, and presto — fancy mini brunch treats for you and your friends!

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Egg and Avocado Salad on Toast

While the standard egg salad is pretty good on its own, a few small adjustments ensure that it truly satisfies.

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Grilled Open-Faced Cauliflower Banh Mi
Grilling the baguette and the cauliflower florets adds bold, smoky flavor to a vegetarian banh mi.
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