The best way to describe topli sendvič to Americans would be to call it the Croatian version of grilled cheese….although really only in spirit because it’s eggs, not cheese, that play the main role. It’s super quick and something great to make for a light meal or as a snack. Sometimes we even make it for breakfast. Typically you would make it with meat on top (and the subject of a future post). In Croatia it’s called salama, but its what in America would be called bologna. Parizer or posebna are types we tend to buy, chicken most often, but ham is great as well. My absolute favorite–and my family can attest to this–is posebna because it has pieces of roasted pepper inside, sort of like olive loaf here. Only a million times better. Seriously. I’ve only ever seen this in Europe and eat it by the kilo whenever I go. It’s just that good and the only time I eat processed meat. Hmmm, I should start making my own because as you can tell, I love meat.
But anyways, to the vegetarian version! I came up with this recipe as a good way to use up all the garlic scapes I had frozen back in June and it turned out delicious with a little sprinkle of cheese. That’s also the reason this is the summer vegetarian topli sendvič. I’ll have to experiment with seasonal vegetables all year round and update this post at some point. Hmmm…. I bet adding some chopped black olives would be great. All the possibilities!
- 2 eggs
- Few slices of bread
- 1/2 cup of garlic scapes, chopped
- your choice cheese – any kind of gouda or zdenka trapist is my go-to cheese (optional)
Heat (and grease w/ butter) a pan big enough to fit your bread.
Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add in the garlic scapes. The slices in the picture used about 1 egg each, so you can adjust your ingredients based on the size of the slice, as well as the quantity.
Butter the slices of bread and then place on the heated pan. Pour the egg/garlic scape mixture onto the bread, allowing it to soak it up. Add salt and pepper. Cook for a minute or so, until the pan-side starts to brown, then flip. Cook for another minute.
You can add the cheese at this point, if you want.