Open Faced by Karen Kaplan

Open Faced: Crostini, Tartines, and Other Single-Slice Sandwiches by Karen Kaplan crosses international borders to bring fresh, creative flavors to your breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Discover butterbrote, montaditos, smørrebrød, and other open-faced sandwiches that capture the essence of Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, France, Italy, and other cuisines.

I've worked with Karen before testing recipes for other cookbooks and was  pleased she asked me to test for her own book. I made several recipes and all were quick and delicious. German potatoes and fried eggs  which we are sharing today was a favorite of mine and Andrew loved the Tuna fish salad. The recipes in Open Faced are perfect for entertaining too - try an assortment of tartines for your next get together. It would make a  lovely hostess or a welcome to the neighborhood gift delivered with an artisanal loaf of bread. 

Special thanks to Gibbs Smith, the publisher, for providing three copies of Open Faced in our contest below which is open to our members worldwide and for sharing the following recipe with us today. 

German potatoes and fried eggs (butterbrote)

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Makes 6

While pan-fried potatoes German style-that means with bacon and onions-are most often an accompaniment to meat, such as schnitzel, I thought they would taste great on bread topped with a fried egg. If you like a lot of potatoes, use large Yukon golds; if you like a bit less, use medium-size ones. This is a perfect hearty breakfast sandwich of the open-faced variety. And if you like breakfast for dinner, you will love this dish! If it's drinking time when you serve this sandwich, try a German lager or British ale.

  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 medium to large Yukon gold potatoes, finely diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 slices dark rye or pumpernickel bread
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, for garnish

Place bacon in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and cook until thoroughly cooked to desired crispiness and fat has been rendered. Using a slotted utensil, transfer bacon from skillet to paper towels. Pour all but 2 tablespoons fat from skillet; reserve fat.

Add onion to the skillet with the fat and sauté until browned and a bit crisp, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted utensil, transfer onion to a bowl. Add some of reserved bacon fat to skillet if dry. Add potatoes to the skillet in a single layer and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Cover and cook until potatoes are browned and tender, about 20 minutes, turning potatoes halfway through cooking process and adding additional fat to skillet if dry (if potatoes do not fit in a single layer, cook in batches or divide between 2 skillets). Stir bacon and onions into potatoes and cook for about 3 more minutes. Keep warm over low heat.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Break in eggs and cook until whites are firm but yolks are still runny, or to your desired degree of doneness. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Toast bread. Arrange toasts on a platter or individual plates. Mound potatoes atop bread. Place 1 fried egg atop each toast. Garnish with parsley and serve.

 

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Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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96 Comments

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  2/3/2018 at 7:40 PM

    I would try the Welsh rarebit. It is something I have not made in many years and I am interested in their version.

  • Kristjudy  on  2/3/2018 at 7:56 PM

    potatoes-bayonne-ham-and-raclette

  • kellistaley  on  2/3/2018 at 7:58 PM

    Sun-dried tomato pesto crostini would be top of the list!

  • heyjude  on  2/3/2018 at 9:12 PM

    Dried Fig Jam, Pancetta, and Gorgonzoladolce Bruschette

  • lauriesk  on  2/3/2018 at 9:16 PM

    Sautéed sausage and four cheeses crostini

  • Linda41  on  2/3/2018 at 9:32 PM

    Chickpeas, spinach, and chorizo montaditos

  • eileen2015  on  2/3/2018 at 10:12 PM

    Tuna fish salad

  • t.t  on  2/3/2018 at 11:25 PM

    Provençal tuna and vegetable salad tartines

  • AnnaZed  on  2/3/2018 at 11:28 PM

    Boursin, roquette, and radish tartines (page 14)

  • hedder14  on  2/4/2018 at 7:28 AM

    Ratatouille tartines sounds like a recipe o would enjoy

  • vickster  on  2/4/2018 at 7:35 AM

    Dried Fig Jam, Pancetta and Gorgonzala dolce bruschette

  • Joyceeong  on  2/4/2018 at 7:50 AM

    Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Crostini

  • lapsapchung  on  2/4/2018 at 9:20 AM

    Potatoes, Bayonne ham, and raclette cheese tartines

  • lisaevanoff  on  2/4/2018 at 9:24 AM

    Sautéed sausage and four cheeses crostini

  • Zosia  on  2/4/2018 at 10:16 AM

    sauteed Belgian endive, blue cheese, walnuts, and honey tartines

  • janv  on  2/4/2018 at 2:14 PM

    Brown soda bread

  • ktwalla  on  2/4/2018 at 3:53 PM

    Prosciutto, Pecorino Romano Roasted Asparagus and Gremolata Bruschette

  • wester  on  2/4/2018 at 3:57 PM

    I happen to have some marrow bones in the freezer, so probably Roasted bone marrow with pickled red onions and watercress tartines.

  • bettinab  on  2/4/2018 at 4:58 PM

    Peporanata with ricotta salata

  • Karla123  on  2/4/2018 at 6:19 PM

    This year's garden vegetables would make delicious Ratatouille tartines.

  • ladybrooke  on  2/4/2018 at 7:49 PM

    Sautéed mushrooms and Taleggio cheese crostini

  • EmilyR  on  2/4/2018 at 8:33 PM

    Herbed ricotta and sautéed zucchini with lemon crostini

  • SheilaS  on  2/5/2018 at 12:34 AM

    I'd love to try the Dried fig jam, pancetta, and Gorgonzola dolce bruschetta

  • antpantsii  on  2/5/2018 at 9:44 AM

    Olivada Crostini

  • sarahawker  on  2/5/2018 at 10:27 AM

    Chickpeas, spinach, and chorizo montaditos

  • lebarron2001  on  2/5/2018 at 1:47 PM

    Potato and shrimp open-faced sandwiches

  • lpatterson412  on  2/5/2018 at 1:50 PM

    Traditional Molletes with Pico De Gallo!!!

  • matag  on  2/5/2018 at 2:28 PM

    Dried fig jam, pancetta, and Gorgonzola dolce bruschette

  • maria411  on  2/5/2018 at 5:52 PM

    brown soda bread

  • Dannausc  on  2/5/2018 at 6:23 PM

    Olivada crostini

  • LaurenE  on  2/5/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Dried Fig Jam, Pancetta, and Gorgonzoladolce Bruschette

  • ptkcollins  on  2/6/2018 at 6:32 AM

    Chickpeas, spinach, and chorizo montaditos

  • Carolyn99  on  2/6/2018 at 10:29 AM

    Caponata crostini

  • contest718  on  2/6/2018 at 8:29 PM

    Sautéed mushrooms and Taleggio cheese crostini

  • jmay42066  on  2/7/2018 at 7:04 PM

    Crab and corn salad butterbrodi

  • Steben  on  2/8/2018 at 8:38 AM

    Creamy leeks with cremini and chanterelle mushrooms tartines

  • kmn4  on  2/8/2018 at 10:54 AM

    Lentil and sausage salad tartines

  • Siegal  on  2/8/2018 at 9:24 PM

    I want to make bruschetta

  • jifar  on  2/9/2018 at 10:38 AM

    Dried fig jam, pancetta, and Gorgonzola dolce bruschette

  • Cati  on  2/9/2018 at 4:49 PM

    Tuna fish salad

  • sgump  on  2/9/2018 at 5:03 PM

    The dried fig jam, pancetta, and Gorgonzola dolce bruschette sound lovely--and it's truly coincidental that so many other folks have singled out that recipe, since I looked at the index before looking at the previous comments! (Must be a good one!)

  • camerashy131  on  2/10/2018 at 9:51 AM

    Roast chicken, asparagus, and peas in tarragon cream open-faced sandwiches

  • Shelley.b  on  2/10/2018 at 3:11 PM

    Tuna fish salad

  • soffner  on  2/10/2018 at 8:36 PM

    Potatoes, Bayonne ham, and raclette cheese tartines

  • stitchan  on  2/11/2018 at 7:35 AM

    Russian salad butterbrodi

  • choppergirl  on  2/11/2018 at 7:42 AM

    Peperonata and ricotta salata bruschette

  • Livia  on  2/11/2018 at 12:22 PM

    It has got to be the Cider and honey-scented onion marmalade, Cabrales cheese, and hazelnuts montaditos

  • rahiscock  on  2/15/2018 at 11:35 PM

    Tomato & basil brushette

  • Scotsman61  on  2/16/2018 at 9:45 PM

    Welsh rarebit

  • JenJoLa  on  2/17/2018 at 3:49 PM

    Sautéed Belgian endive, blue cheese, walnuts, and honey tartines

  • rchesser  on  2/17/2018 at 4:17 PM

    Welsh rarebit!

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  2/18/2018 at 8:47 AM

    I would like to try making the Provençal tuna and vegetable salad tartines.

  • FireRunner2379  on  2/18/2018 at 5:17 PM

    I like the sounds of the Prosciutto, pecorino Romano-roasted asparagus, and gremolata bruschette!

  • lgroom  on  2/19/2018 at 2:09 PM

    Caponata crostini

  • jigglesfrog  on  2/20/2018 at 5:38 PM

    Basil and arugula pesto crostini

  • infotrop  on  2/20/2018 at 8:04 PM

    Fried eggplant with honey and mint montaditos. What I learned: montaditos are tapa-sized rolls of bread similar to a baguette but wider and with a twist.

  • RickPearson54  on  2/25/2018 at 1:31 PM

    Welsh rarebit

  • jd5761  on  2/25/2018 at 1:35 PM

    Peporanata with ricotta salata

  • juliebakesalot  on  2/25/2018 at 1:44 PM

    I think I'd like to try the tomato, garlic, and basil bruschette first

  • recipelover50  on  2/25/2018 at 1:57 PM

    tied between the German potatoes and fried eggs or Chopped Liver, sauteed onions, and hard boiled eggs on dark rye.

  • chasteph  on  2/25/2018 at 2:34 PM

    Curried egg salad toasts with mango chutney, raisins, and cashews for me!

  • tigger  on  2/25/2018 at 3:08 PM

    I would try the smoked chicken schnitzel.

  • TheCookbookCook  on  2/25/2018 at 3:33 PM

    Olivada crostini

  • sarahshan  on  2/25/2018 at 4:08 PM

    Basil and arugula pesto crostini !

  • PennyG  on  2/25/2018 at 4:19 PM

    Dried fig jam, pancetta, and Gorgonzola dolce bruschette!

  • DemelzaPoldark  on  2/25/2018 at 4:28 PM

    Sautéed mushrooms and Taleggio cheese crostini

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  2/25/2018 at 4:38 PM

    Roast pork with braised red cabbage open-faced sandwiches

  • PeavineBlues  on  2/25/2018 at 5:18 PM

    Sausage and cheese open-face sandwich

  • drjeff  on  2/25/2018 at 7:17 PM

    fava-bean-puree-with-sauteed escarole brushchette

  • Papyrus  on  2/25/2018 at 8:26 PM

    potatoes-bayonne-ham-and-raclette

  • Juli  on  2/25/2018 at 11:30 PM

    The dried fig jam, pancetta and Gorgonzola dolce bruschetta sounds amazing, I would try this first :). Thanks for offering this book worldwide!

  • ZeljkoStefan  on  2/26/2018 at 2:04 AM

    Prosciutto, pecorino Romano-roasted asparagus, and gremolata bruschette sounds great-that combination of ingredients cannot be disappointing at all!!!

  • barvertagata  on  2/26/2018 at 4:22 AM

    Roasted bone marrow with pickled red onions and watercress tartines!!!!

  • tararr  on  2/26/2018 at 3:40 PM

    Dried Fig Jam, Pancetta and Gorgonzala dolce bruschette

  • HomespunHouse  on  2/26/2018 at 10:04 PM

    Butterbrote

  • HermionieG  on  2/27/2018 at 10:36 AM

    Chicken schnitzel butterbrote

  • Lucicat  on  2/27/2018 at 10:46 PM

    Creamy leeks with cremini and chanterelle mushrooms tartines

  • lils74  on  2/27/2018 at 11:50 PM

    Sauteed mushrooms and Taleggio cheese crostini... or anything here, really - they all look amazing!

  • obbigttam  on  2/28/2018 at 1:45 AM

    Arugula, bresaola, Parmesan, and oven-roasted tomatoes bruschetta - yum

  • Arinelle  on  2/28/2018 at 5:46 AM

    I'd like to stretch way out of my comfort zone with the roasted bone marrow with pickled red onions and watercress tartines.

  • GregH  on  2/28/2018 at 7:14 PM

    Prosciutto, pecorino Romano-roasted asparagus, and gremolata bruschette

  • Julia  on  2/28/2018 at 10:44 PM

    Catalan tomato toasts. There are really too many to pick just one.

  • madelainelc  on  3/1/2018 at 7:23 PM

    Tomato, garlic and basil bruchetta. A classic!

  • dianeg21  on  3/3/2018 at 2:24 PM

    So many I'd love to try but haven't had Welsh rarebit in years so I'd start with that.

  • RSW  on  3/4/2018 at 10:15 AM

    Boursin, roquette, and radish tartines

  • Kimberly78  on  3/5/2018 at 2:45 AM

    Sautéed sausage and four cheeses crostini

  • shellee  on  3/5/2018 at 10:47 AM

    Ratatouille Tartines

  • PollySBA  on  3/7/2018 at 4:13 PM

    Provencal tuna and vegetable salad tartines . . . couldn't get the lower swifer on the c though

  • Jenamarie  on  3/8/2018 at 9:32 AM

    Gravlax with honey mustard dill sauce open-faced sandwiches

  • iza27  on  3/9/2018 at 1:10 AM

    Sautéed radicchio, speck, and mozzarella bruschette

  • Coffeebean  on  3/9/2018 at 10:30 PM

    Butterbrote

  • orchidlady01  on  3/10/2018 at 3:34 AM

    Arugula, bresaola, Parmesan, and oven-roasted tomatoes bruschetta

  • trudys_person  on  3/11/2018 at 12:43 PM

    The Hot Brown - open-faced turkey sandwich! Sounds like delicious update on the classic!

  • laurel2000  on  3/11/2018 at 1:12 PM

    The first recipe I would try is Tuna and Vegetable Salad Tartines followed by The Hot Brown! I love open-faced sandwiches!

  • sugo  on  3/24/2018 at 1:44 AM

    Creamy leeks with cremini and chanterelle mushrooms tartines

  • BMeyer  on  4/15/2018 at 8:13 PM

    Dried Fig Jam, Pancetta, and Gorgonzoladolce Bruschette

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