These lovely open-faced sandwiches take celery from bit player to main stage. We boil it briefly to make it crisp-tender and bright green before piling it on toast and broiling it under a creamy topping of ham and cheese. The toasts make a lovely brunch dish (with Bloody Marys all around), or a light lunch served with a vinegary green salad.
Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel
Print
Total:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices country white bread (about 3/4-inch thick)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 ounces Gruyere cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest ham (about 1/8-inch thick), coarsely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch celery

Directions

Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and preheat to high. Toast the bread to a light golden-brown. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, cheese and ham; season with pepper. Trim off the tops and bottoms of 8 outer stalks of celery. Peel the stalks. Cut the stalks crosswise into 3 equal pieces (just about the length of the bread). Halve each piece lengthwise, if necessary, so each celery piece is about 1/2-inch wide. Tear a few of the light green leaves from the heart and reserve. Add the celery pieces to the boiling water and cook until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Put the toasts on a baking sheet. Divide the celery among the toasts. Dollop the mayonnaise mixture on top and spread gently to cover most of the celery (the sandwiches look pretty with a bit of green showing at the edges). Broil until the cheese is brown and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Transfer the toasts to plates, garnish with the reserved celery leaves and serve. 

Trending Videos 7 Videos

Get the Recipe

Gabriele's Limoncello 01:28

Gabriele shares his family recipe for a delicious summertime libation.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Chicken Wings with Red Hot Honey Glaze and Blue Cheese-Celery Dipping Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Carrot Cake Pancakes with Maple-Cream Cheese Drizzle and Toasted Pecans

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Healthy French Toast

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Ham Glaze

Recipe courtesy of Chris Massie

Savoury French Toast

Recipe courtesy of Laura Calder

G. Garvin's Glazed Ham

Recipe courtesy of G. Garvin

French Toast

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Mom's Cream Cheese Pie

Recipe courtesy of Tiffani Thiessen

Cheese Ravioli with Marinara Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

On TV

Trending Videos

Brunch Bonanza

So Much Pretty Food Here