Something that I really miss from Sweden is the macka – the open-faced sandwich. Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE a good old-fashioned PB&J on Wonder Bread as much as the next kid who grew up in the 90’s. In Sweden, however, sandwiches usually come with one slice of bread and ‘toppings’ (this is a Swedish classic – it’s good! I promise!).
Avocado toast is also now a thing, though I’m not sure why because it’s been around forever.
Anyway! I’m constantly trying to think up lunches to bring to work that a) taste good, b) are easy to make, and, c) don’t have to be in eaten in tupperware. That last point is a bit of an odd one, but I’ve found that eating out of plastic just doesn’t do good food justice. I already eat at my desk most days (also a big no-no), but if I eat at my desk from a real plate with a real knife and fork, it doesn’t seem so sad! #logic
Most days, I bring in leftovers, which work pretty well. Still, there are those days when we don’t have leftovers and nothing in the fridge sounds good. That’s when I turn to a macka! I’ll either prepare it at home, wrap it in cellophane, and bring to work, or just bring the ingredients to work directly and make it right there, which is honestly just as easy.
The best part about open-faced sandwiches? The endless options!
Ready for some ideas? Grab a pen and paper and start jotting these down. I started with a rustic whole wheat loaf, and just went from there.
Note: all of these were made with ingredients already in my fridge, if that gives you an idea of how endless the combinations can be!
My personal favorite? Probably the smoked salmon….or the avocado….or the cucumber…ok, I like them all! This is also do-able if you’re avoiding gluten – just switch the bread for a rice cake, which is what I do when I’m out of bread! It tastes just as good.
So tell me, have I inspired you to try one of these for yourself?