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These open-faced sandwiches will make a hit with the whole family. They require a knife and a fork for gracious eating.

For the bread

2 slices of cracked wheat bread

Mayonnaise for spreading


For the topping

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup coarsely shredded zucchini

½ cup onion finely sliced onion

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

¼ cup finely shredded Monterey jack cheese

¼ cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese

Four ½-inch-thick tomato slices

Dash of freshly ground pepper

Finely shredded lettuce or fresh bean sprouts, as desired


Preheat the broiler. Arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat source for about 2 minutes per side, or until lightly toasted. (Or toast the bread in a toaster.) Spread 1 side of each slice with mayonnaise.

To make the topping: Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add the mushrooms, zucchini, onion, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Combine the cheeses in a small bowl. Top each bread slice with 2 tomato slices, a sprinkling of pepper, and half of the sautéed vegetables, lettuce or bean sprouts, and the cheese mixture.

Place the sandwiches on the baking sheet. Broil for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.