Hot Sandwich Recipes:
Avocado-Cheese Melt

On cold wintery days, it's nice to have a supply of hot sandwich recipes. I'm always stumped for lunch ideas. This Avocado-Cheese Melt is just the thing!

hot avocado cheese sandwich

This recipe makes two plump and loaded open-faced sandwiches - just the way I like them. If you (like my husband) prefer a thinner layer of filling, you can make three or four sandwiches instead of just two!

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • salt
    • whole wheat bread

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • bottled lemon juice
    • cottage cheese
    • Cheddar cheese
    • hulled sunflower seeds

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • avocados

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a cutting board and knife
    • a spoon and fork
    • a cookie sheet

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • measuring cups and spoons (if not, just estimate)
    • a cheese slicer

    The recipe

    1 avocado

    1 tsp/5 mL lemon juice

    1/8 t/.5 ml salt

    2 slices of whole wheat bread

    1/3 cup/75 mL cottage cheese

    thinly sliced Cheddar cheese (enough to cover the bread)

    4 Tbsp/60 mL hulled sunflower seeds

    Preheat the broiler in your oven.

    Cut open the avocado.
    Remove the pit.
    Scoop the flesh into a bowl and mash it with a fork.
    Add the lemon juice and the salt.
    Mix well.

    Put the bread slices on the cookie sheet.
    Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of cottage cheese.

    Top with the avocado mixture and spread it evenly.

    Top with the sliced cheese.

    Sprinkle with seeds.

    Place the cookie sheet under the broiler and broil just until the cheese is melted. (Watch closely! This won't take long.)

    Let cool for a few moments before eating.


    • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled.

    • Use another type of bread instead of whole wheat - or use a sliced bun, croissant, bagel, or English muffin.

    • Use sesame seeds instead of - or as well as - the sunflower seeds. Or how about trying pumpkin seeds?

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Use another type of meltable cheese in place of the Cheddar. How about Swiss, or mozzarella?

    • Leave out the cottage cheese if you like.

    • What other flavorings would you like to add? How about a thin layer of salsa on the bread?


    • Be sure that your avocado is perfectly ripe. Hold it in your palm and give a gentle squeeze. It should feel firm, but should give gently to pressure. It shouldn't feel mushy, but it shouldn't feel hard as a rock either.

    • To speed up the ripening of an avocado, put it in a paper bag and keep it at room temperature. To slow it down, place it in the fridge.

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