I could have this prawn radish and cucumber open sandwich every single day and I would never get bored of it. Just so good and sooo refreshing….
My love for open-faced sandwiches ….
Not entirely sure why, but for me open sandwich means and takes me back to Scandinavia. Most probably this is because it’s where I’ve had the most amazing open sandwiches in my entire life. I particularly remember the ones in Stockholm and Oslo or Copenhagen- oh those smørrebrød!! I believe in Danish refers to the open-faced sandwich.
I have to say that I really miss those breads!! 😩 All these beautiful dark rye breads. That dense sourdough rye bread that we had in Denmark absolutely to die for and in Sweden the variety of healthy breads was absolutely incredible. You can tell I was so very impressed.
In Denmark, they make this blue cheese pear and hazelnut open-faced sandwich, OMG! And all the pickles and all that Danish blue cheese and all that amazing herring that they have over there I actually want to go back there right now!
Right now…I could do with any Scandinavian country, Sweden I loved enormously, Finland was so amazing with all the fjords and that seafood we have had and the glass or two of good quality white wine on the boat, oh yeah, all those amazing memories. That tranquillity and serene beauty of the fjords I can’t wait to go back actually and kids so agree with this. What an amazing land, what and how amazing the people were, we really felt extraordinarily good. Scandinavia and the Scandinavians rock! It is all I can say.
Oh, I better drift back to this beautiful open sandwich for now. It’s January I know and January for me, like for many, I’m sure, is the month that I could do without or simply be on a long whole month holiday somewhere to get passed this gloominess. I have to say this January was a truly miserable one weather wise here in London.
The variety and combinations of toppings for those open sandwiches are huge so you can top it up with whatever you like from sweet to savoury to sour or even bitter or a mix of all these.
I just thought I will put this recipe up just as an idea for a beautiful breakfast lunch or dinner, seriously, this can be served at any point in the day or night and would make anyone so happy.
This is also a great idea for any entertaining meal to serve as a starter as it is very easy to put together if you have everything in terms of ingredients and sauce prepared and ready to go. It is ready in a flash.
This year we (everyone in my household) said that we gonna ditch the junk so this is to fully embrace a healthy 2018, not that we were having much junk anyway but even that little junk here and there I think it’s about time for it to disappear in thin air and just come with refreshing colourful, vibrant and super healthy recipes like this so hold your forks, tight folks 🍴🤗
Prawn, radish and cucumber open sandwich
This is a delicious way to have prawns/shrimp with plenty of mixed salad leaves, cucumber and radish with a lavish amount of this beautiful sauce that you could choose to go the proper grown up way and add a little brandy. A must try !
For the sandwich:
- 4 slices bread wholemeal rye or any you like
- 60 g mixed leaves salad I used watercress, spinach and rocket salad or rucola
- 240 g cooked prawns
- 100 g cucumber finely sliced
- 6-8 radishes
For the sauce:
- 3 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 1 tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
- 1/2 tbsp ketchup
- 1/4 tsp sriracha sauce (optional) for a little kick
- 1/2 lemon its juice
- 1 tbsp brandy (optional)
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1 pinch of cayenne pepper to garnish
Start by making the dressing/sauce in a bowl by mixing the yoghurt, mayo, ketchup, the lemon juice, the brandy (if you decided to use) and the salt n’ pepper. Add a the little sriracha sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper if you want a little kick.
Arrange the bread slices on the serving plates and started topping with the salad, scatter some chopped cucumber, sliced radishes.
Pile on the prawns and top with some of the sauce. Repeat this for each sandwich.
Scatter a pinch of cayenne pepper to finish off and serve.
I don’t normally butter my bread but if you wish obviously you can do that, but I do sometimes is spread some nice and rich cheese such as a Gorgonzola or any creamy tasty cheese on the bread. Oh, I love that!! Bring it on!!
I’m not really a butter person but I’d never say no to any good old cheese. Oh, la, la!🧀👌
Few topping combinations and ideas as mentioned:
• blue cheese, pear and hazelnut;
• roast beef, horseradish, and pickle;
• pickled herring ( another one of my
• smoked salmon creme cheese and dill;
• roasted tomato and cream cheese;
• tuna melts with red onion and Parmesan;
• prosciutto with peach and feta cheese crumbles
• prosciutto with cucumber and hummus
• hummus olives cucumber and smoked salmon;
• boiled egg with prawns and avocado;
• calamari instead of prawns 🍤
Seriously the options are endless. Just open your fridge and see what do you see/have in there that would make a delicious open sandwich.
Truthfully the topping is very important obviously for this to come out a treat, but for me what it really makes the sandwich special is the actual bread.
I really like making my own bread and I never make a plain white bread... I just go crazy with seeds, spirulina, spelt flour, Graham flour, malted one with seeds like I have just made yesterday. Some more bread recipes are on the way.
Here is for now a recipe for a nice homemade spelt flour bread.