Open faced sandwiches are a favorite lunch and dinner option in our household.  They are quick and easy to make, generally pretty healthy, and easily adaptable based on what you have available in your fridge and pantry.  Our versions almost always start with a generous layer of coarsely mashed avocado and then we top with whatever veggies we like.

Hard boiled egg is a great topping option for a bit more bulk and protein while still keeping it meatless.  This particular version is taken to the next level by the addition of a chipotle compound butter that is spread on the bread before toasting.  It adds a nice smoky flavor without being overpowering.  The chipotle butter was so great, we’re already dreaming up lots of other ways we can use it.

  • Yield about 4 servings


  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. ground chipotle powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 thick slices artisan bread, such as sourdough
  • 3 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • Chopped hardboiled eggs (2-3)
  • Finely chopped red onion
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Minced fresh cilantro


  • 01

    To make the compound butter, combine the butter, garlic, chipotle powder, and paprika in a small bowl.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well until evenly combined.

  • 02

    Spread a thin layer of the butter on both sides of the bread slices.  Warm a skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat.  Once hot, add the buttered bread to the pan and cook, turning once, until crisp and browned on both sides.  (Alternatively, cook on a grill or grill pan.) Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

  • 03

    Meanwhile, scoop the flesh of the avocados into a medium bowl. Add in the lime juice and salt and mash together coarsely with a fork. Spread a generous layer of the avocado mash on each slice of the toast. Top with some of the hardboiled egg, red onion, tomatoes, and minced cilantro. Serve immediately.