"When I was growing up, my mom often made these open-faced sandwiches as a special treat on cold Friday nights," says Melissa Fowlkes of Streamwood, Illinois. "I now make them for my family. They're a great change of pace on pizza night."
“This savory recipe is one of my fall favorites,“ raves Elissa Armbruster in Medford, New Jersey. “It’s quick, easy and so loaded with fresh veggies…no one misses the meat. I vary the produce and spices so I can enjoy it all year!“
MAKE IT EASY. For fuss-free late-autumn hikes or picnics, Elissa bundles up her yummy Portobello Pockets in foil, then takes them along to toss on a hot grill.
This recipe is a creation of mine that resembles the traditional sloppy joe sandwich. I like to prepare it whenever I have a crowd to serve, because the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. My children also love these for quick after-school snacks. I often fix the sauce ahead of time so they can reheat it quickly. —Barbara Gorden, Hanover, Pennsylvania
One summer I worked at a health food store that sold sandwiches. We were close to a college campus, so I made lots of these fresh filled pitas for the students. Crunchy with crisp vegetables and nutty sunflower kernels, they're a fast-to-fix lunch when you're on the go.
-Linda Reeves, Cloverdale, Indiana
"I've experimented with many combinations of ingredients to make a good meatless burger...and this is our favorite," says Pat Whitaker, Alsea, Oregon. "These patties cook up golden brown and crispy and make delicious sandwiches."
"I got the recipe for this hearty crowd-pleaser from a friend," reports field editor Patty Kile of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. "We find it especially delicious since our state is well known for its wonderful fresh mushrooms."
In Buellton, California, Kathleen Tribble spreads flour tortillas with seasoned mayonnaise, then fills them with crunchy broiled veggies. For fun presentation, wrap sandwiches in plastic wrap and tie with ribbon to resemble firecrackers.
My daughter shared these hearty sandwiches with me, and I think they're a savory melt-in-your-mouth treat. The sweet-sour onions and mushrooms are perfect over the tender beef and lip-smacking garlic mayonnaise.
—Ruth Lee of Troy, Ontario
My friend Valerie is a gracious hostess. Of all the dishes she's shared over the years, this Dagwood sandwich stands out. It’s easy and colorful, and the marinated veggies give it all kinds of oomph. —Kelley Boyce, Tulsa, Oklahoma