Jun 9, 2011

Easy Savvy Entertaining: Open Face Sandwich

If eating can be a hobby then it is one of my most favorite hobbies. Yesterday, gal pal and I tried this new cafe in Irvine called Hero Cafe. The location was rather straight forward without much frill. Service was friendly and prompt. Food choices on the menu were geared toward healthy eating which I appreciated. We ordered a tomato bruschetta and 2 orders of blue crab salad sandwich. The portion was just right for me, but I have a rather small appetite. Blue crab has a delicate flavor, very light. Tomato bruschetta on the other hand is more flavorful but slightly on the salty side.
After lunch, I thought these are perfect for entertaining. It is perfect add-on for a summer BBQ, appetizer, or finger food for a light snack party such as wine tasting.

Tomato Bruschetta:
-Diced tomato
-Handful of Italian basil, torn to small pieces
-Roasted garlic infused olive oil --- I can taste roasted garlic in the tomato chunks
-Good balsamic vinegar
-Salt and pepper to taste
-Mix tomato chunks, basil, olive oil together and flavor with salt and pepper (I like to add some open roasted garlic in the mixture for additional flavor)
-Sliced French bread (or similar Italian bread) about 1/2 inch thick, brushed with garlic olive oil and grilled
-Top each slice of grilled French bread with tomato mixture and serve immediately

Blue Crab Sandwich:
-Fresh cooked lump blue crab meat (any other crab meat will be okay)
-White onion diced into little chunks --- I like to soak them in water a few minute to take away some of onion's pungent flavor
-Fresh lemon juice to add a bit of zest to crab meat
-Salt and pepper to flavor
-Mix all ingredients together with mayonnaise. I would go easy on the mayo so the sandwich is healthier.
-Grill French bread 1/2 inch thick (or similar bread) with light brushing of olive oil
-Top bread with good serving of crab salad and serve immediately.

When I cook, I don't really measure ingredients. I usually grab what I need and play with ingredients to suit my taste. Perhaps this is why I am such a terrible baker. With summer birthdays and parties, there are so many events to prepare so this will sure make my life easier. What about you, do you like bruschetta and blue crab salad??


  1. Hi,this looks totally yummy, your making me hungrey! I wonder if you would be kind enough to help, when I try to link from my twitter account back to my blog using my blog url http://www.mypassporttostyle.blogspot.com twitter is saying this blog does not exsit and the name is free to be registred.Do you know why this might be? Is it because I'm trying to link from my own twiiter account to my blog possibly?I registred my blog name with bloggger about 3 years ago, do you need to re register with blogger, can your domain name expire?

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  2. All this food is causing my stomach to grumble. i'm off to the kitchen now...

  3. both look delicious! now i am ready for lunch ;)

  4. Those sandwiches looks yummy!!! But for me, I like bruschetta.

  5. Oh yummy! This food looks fantastically delicious! Thank you for these awesome recipes. xoxo

  6. yumm! I'm always up for a good bruschetta! SO fresh tasting and delish! Now i'm hungry!

  7. Crab salad sounds amazing!


  8. I am SO hungry right now, not helping!

  9. I'm making this tonight!! I've got lots of tomatoes!! xo

  10. Thank you for this delicious recipe! I've been craving some sandwiches and this is perfect for a light snack! xoxoxoo

  11. i like anything tomato. so i pick Bruschetta


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