Open-Faced Vegetable and Prosciutto Melts

Our garden is already absolutely insane.

Just look at this.

It might not look like much to the naked eye, but I can assure you, it’s pretty tow up. And oops, in need of weeding. This isn’t even the entire thing! We have little beds along most of the fences. Of tomatoes. Of course. Each year I’m like, “AARON. We have to go with less tomatoes this year or else I’ll pull all of my hairs out and be bald.”

Who wants to take a guess if we do or don’t go with less tomatoes each year?

This year we accidentally went bonkerwonk with cherry tomatoes. I have hundreds of freaking zillions, you guys. AND THEY JUST KEEP APPEARING OUT OF NOWHERE. Just be ready for tomatoes on the blog until February.


And green beans.

And zucchini, oh my gosh. I better start learning how to make zucchini bread right this instant or else I’ll be using it as a spoon in my coffee.


Okay we have to talk about caramelizing onions for a quick sec. Did you know it’s my absolute favorite thing ever in the world to do? Well, right after crafting my hand to knee-knocking Charleston moves. Caramelizing is such a contradiction for me too because it’s something that requires you to slow down and be patient and I’m toooootally not like that. I’m the dad gum Tasmanian devil and YOU ARE SO NODDING RIGHT NOW.

But for some reason, it’s calming to me. Soothing. Like a spa. A resort.

That’s weird.

But, when I made these little sammies, I only caramelized one onion. Biggest regret in my life. Go ahead and caramelize two. For the sake of the baby ponies, do two.


So you have the seriously pimp jam-like onion spread on the bottom of barely toasted sourdough bread, some lightly sautéed cherry tomatoes and green beans, a little bit of arugula, thin, salty prosciutto slices and mayelted chayse on top. Yes, yes you do.

Notice the cheese-less asininity right there. Hi, have you met my husband?

Summer, meet mouth.

Mouth, meet summer.

Maybe I’m more like roadrunner.

p.s. Last day for this rad-ee-cal giveaway!

Open-Faced Vegetable and Prosciutto Melts:

What it took for 6 melts:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
* 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1 cup green beans
* 3 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
* 1 cup arugula
* 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* 6 slices sourdough bread
* 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat the oil over low in a medium skillet. Add the onion slices and cook on low until sweet and caramelized, 45 – 55 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet and set aside.

To the pan, add a little more oil if needed, then add the tomatoes and green beans. Toss in a pinch of salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes.

Heat the oven to broil, arrange the bread slices on a large rimmed baking sheet and broil 1 minute.

Remove bread from oven. Evenly spoon the caramelized onions over each slice. Top with sautéed tomatoes, green beans, arugula, prosciutto and shredded cheese.

Throw back under the broiler and cook until cheese is browned and bubbly, maybe 2 minutes. Keep an eye on it!

Eat ’em up.

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48 Responses to Open-Faced Vegetable and Prosciutto Melts

  1. Villy @ For the love of Feeding June 18, 2012 at 8:28 am #
    Delicious lunch/dinner! The ingredients are perfect!
  2. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven June 18, 2012 at 8:30 am #
    Your husband doesn't do cheese?!? Oh my heavens! These look stunning. Way to go with your rockin' garden!! :)
  3. Aninas Recipes June 18, 2012 at 8:31 am #
    Wow, such a fresh summery recipe! This recipe is so versatile, great for lunch! I know how it is, my hubby doesn't eat vegetables!! Crazy much?
  4. Tracey E. June 18, 2012 at 8:33 am #
    Such a nice light lunch or dinner! Yum!!! :)
  5. Rachel Cooks June 18, 2012 at 8:34 am #
    I want summer in my mouth! These look so amazing!
  6. Sini June 18, 2012 at 8:48 am #
    Could you send me some of your cherry tomatoes and green beans? I would love to have them in my kitchen! I'm craving bruschetta right now.
  7. Gen June 18, 2012 at 9:04 am #
    Yuum!!! Those sandwiches look incredible!
  8. Heather June 18, 2012 at 9:05 am #
    i heart caramelizing onions too - best thing evah!
  9. Kathryn June 18, 2012 at 9:06 am #
    Is it just melted cheese that your husband doesn't do? I can understand that. I either have to have my cheese VERY hot and at melting point or cold. Anything in between doesn't cut it for me.
    • Bev Weidner June 18, 2012 at 9:18 am #
      It's any and ALL cheese. My life is difficult.
  10. Cookbook Queen June 18, 2012 at 9:45 am #
    If your husband doesn't eat cheese, he's probably a robot. If you cut open his arm, it's going to be all Terminator up in there. However, if you cut open his arm and it turns out that he's NOT a robot, you may end up in prison. Love these sandwiches!!
  11. Katie June 18, 2012 at 10:17 am #
    I'm going to skip down to my garden and gather the supplies for these little doobies riiight now.
  12. Julia June 18, 2012 at 10:34 am #
    Can you come grow my garden? My black thumb keeps getting blacker. I want these melts, today, for lunch and dinner.
  13. Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 18, 2012 at 11:51 am #
    Hahaha, "For the sake of the baby ponies, do two." You crack me up! These look delicious Bev!!
  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks June 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm #
    I just happen to have bread and shredded cheese I need to faced melts are calling me!
  15. Cookie and Kate June 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm #
    Look at that garden! I love cherry tomatoes, can't get enough of them, so your predicament doesn't sound so bad to me! I love every single thing on that toast. wannnnttttttt.
  16. Katie June 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm #
    I would gladly help weed that garden in exchange for some of those veggies! ;) That sandwich makes me want to shed happy tears.
  17. Ashley June 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm #
    I wish we were neighbors, I'd totally help you out with those cherry tomatoes!! This sammy is just screaming summer!
    • Patriciann August 3, 2013 at 7:33 pm #
      My neighbor is such a Green Thumb, he spends all winter making babies in his basement then come Spring he runs out of room to plant them. So I let him spead the joy all over my old patio deck. And reap the benefits of garden fresh all summer long, minus the work. Yes...I'm in Central NJ and the cherry tomatoes are in grand abundance. Cannot WAIT to try this recipe...over and over and over again :)
  18. melissa@IWasBornToCook June 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm #
    This looks amazing! And I'm baffled as to how one can live without cheese...
  19. Jen @ Savory Simple June 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm #
    The same thing is happening with my cherry tomatoes. I'm mostly just eating them straight up! But this looks like a perfect way to enjoy the garden.
  20. Blog is the New Black June 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm #
  21. Cassie June 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm #
    It still shocks me every time that Aaron doesn't eat cheese. That's criminal.
  22. Karen @ The Food Charlatan June 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm #
    Wow those look SO GOOD! Someday I want to have a garden like that (and I guarantee you mine will have just as many weeds :)
  23. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. June 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm #
    omg YUMNESS
  24. JulieD June 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm #
    Your garden is gorgeous!! I love these open-faced sandwiches and I love melts! Will have to try this and sub for turkey since I don't eat pork. Bravo!
  25. Katie {Epicurean Mom} June 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm #
    Beautiful Sandwich beautiful garden, just beautiful all the way around!!
  26. Tracey E. June 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm #
    Hey Bev! Do you grow your cherry tomatoes in the ground or in containers? Melts look wonderful! :)
    • Bev Weidner June 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm #
      All in the ground! I should do a post on what we have growing. It's insane.
  27. Julie @ Table for Two June 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm #
    this is phenom. i want this on my plate, stat.
  28. Kari@Loaves and Dishes June 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm #
    Love cheese! Can barely close the snack drawer in my refrigerator, where I store the beloved cheese. This sandwich looks A-maz-ing!
  29. Laurie {Simply Scratch} June 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm #
    Holy-yum these look good... and yup that would be my stomach growling!
  30. Stephaie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm #
    I would love to have some of those tomatoes! And this sandwich!!!
  31. kelley June 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm #
    I'm a wee bit of jealous of you having too many tomatoes. It's the one thing guaranteed that will never happen when you live in a ski town.
  32. Adrianne June 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm #
    OMG Yum!! Trying tonight sans prosciutto
  33. Jennifer | Mother Thyme June 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm #
    Love your garden. This looks crazy good! Yum!
  34. Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm #
    Ummm hold the phone - no cheese? Cheese is, like, the only food my boyfriend and I CAN agree on! Tomatoes are totally the herpes of the gardening world. They spread/grow like wildfire!!
  35. brandi June 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm #
    he doesn't eat cheese? i guess that just means more for you. that's NOT a bad deal. also - can i just say how happy it made me to see your note about click and clack?!? we LOVE them. i laugh just thinking about their laughs. it's too much!
  36. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm #
    Mmm.... look at that cheesy delicious goodness!
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  38. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen June 20, 2012 at 10:10 am #
    I'm having serious garden envy right now!! Mmm, cheese and caramelized onions....This sammie looks over the top awesome!
  39. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids June 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm #
    Okay, you just put my tiny garden of peppers and basil to shame. But, we can still be friends. Next year, I will plant more because you have given me the 'ole "I can do it" attitude. :)
  40. Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen June 27, 2012 at 12:32 am #
    that cheese all melty and slightly browned looks insane. WANT
  41. Laure Osequera July 2, 2012 at 10:01 am #
    Yay!!! Thanks for sharing
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