Ploughman’s Open Sandwich

Ploughman's Open Sandwich

Happy National Sandwich Day everyone! I had no idea there was such a day (3rd November) until the good people at Branston got in touch and asked me to create a sandwich in celebration of this yearly event! So taking inspiration from my Anglo/Danish roots I decided to do a mash up of a Ploughman’s Lunch which has always been a favourite of my dad’s and a Danish Open Sandwich which of course my mum is an expert at making!

Growing up there was always a jar of Branston Pickle in our fridge and if you were having cheese it was unthinkable not to have some with it! These days there is a much wider variety of pickles and chutneys on the market but Branston has still remained a staple in our fridge over the years.

Danish open sandwiches are often made on a bed of lettuce but I decided to make this Ploughman’s Open Sandwich on a bed of watercress as I love the pepperiness it brings and it’s so tantalizing on the taste buds! The joy of open sandwiches is that they are lower in calories as you only have one slice of bread and the “filling” becomes the star of the show and is visually much more appealing and appetising. If you’re having a friend over for lunch impress them with an open sandwich as they so easy to make!

Ploughman's Open Sandwich

To say this fusion was a success would be a total understatement, my family were blown away by this sandwich combination which I would never have thought to make but it works so well with the flavours complimenting each other beautifully. From the sweetness of the Branston Pickle to the sourness of the cocktail gherkin and all the other components in between this sandwich really stands out from the crowd! Best of all it takes not time at all to put together so I do hope you give it a try!

For more Sandwich Day inspiration why not check out Branston’s Facebook page!


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Ploughman's Open Sandwich
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A fusion of a Ploughman's lunch with a Danish Open Sandwich - totally delicious!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 1
  • 1 Slice rye bread, buttered (has to be butter)
  • 2 Heaped tsp Branston Pickle
  • 1 Handful watercress + extra sprig to garnish
  • 1 Slice good quality ham
  • 1 Slice Five Counties cheese or Cheddar
  • 2 Slices vine ripened tomato
  • 2 Slices cucumber
  • A good squeeze of mayonnaise
  • 1 – 2 Cocktail gherkins, sliced and fanned
  1. Spread the Branston Pickle over the buttered rye bread and then top with the watercress, ham and cheese.
  2. Next layer on alternate slices of cucumber and tomato and then drizzle with a good squeeze of mayonnaise.
  3. Finish with a fanned cocktail gherkin and a sprig of watercress.
  4. Enjoy!
Five Counties cheese is a combination of Derby, Red Leicester, Cheshire, Double Gloucester and Cheddar cheeses:-)

Here are some more sandwich ideas from around the web:

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Viking Rib Eye Steak Bagel from Big Spud
Halloumi Sandwich with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Rocket from Amuse your Bouche
Egg and Prawn Open Sandwich with Lemon Mayonnaise from me

NB: This post has been commissioned by Branston and all opinions are my own..


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  1. Britney

    This looks delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it really is. I must remember to make this again-)

  2. Leila Benhamida

    Very appetising indeed and full of goodness.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Leila:-)

  3. Martina Evans

    Fab combination of ingredients. I too like Branston pickle & rye bread!

  4. Marion Weir

    I love the rye bread

  5. Kirsty Fox

    I love a good ploughmans, I always choose one when we have a pub lunch.

  6. Jane Davies

    Looks lovely, rye bread sounds interesting too !

  7. emmamed

    oh that looks super scrummy, I could eat it right now.

  8. Kaci Soderstrom

    Yummy. The most classic sandwich but open..

  9. Maya Russell

    That looks SO good! I’m definitely going to try it. I like the consistency of rye bread too.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it:-)

  10. Emily @amummytoo

    Looks like a nice, traditional sandwich. I can only handle a smear of pickle though, and I’d swap out the ham for some Quorn 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily:-)

  11. Jane Middleton

    The pickle makes this sandwich, great for a summer picnic

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jane:-)

  12. kris

    cant beat a good ploughmans!

  13. Paul Wilson

    I particularly like the rye bread idea.

    1. Camilla


  14. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    Lovely! My son insists on having a cheese and pickle sandwich every day. So much so that his best joke (he’s 4) is about a cheese and pickle sandwich flying around the room. He’s obsessed! Gotta love good old Branston!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kate:-) It’s a classic isn’t it, your son has good taste!

  15. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Sometimes I just crave a good sandwich! Cheese and pickle is such a classic, I love your ploughman’s-style variation!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca and of course vegetarians could leave out the ham:-)

  16. Nazima

    lovely idea Camilla- I like open sandwiches too. This looks fab though I would do it without meat (I rather like a veggie ploughmans myself!)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Nazima:-) Yes extra cheese without the ham is equally lush:-)

  17. Jan @GlugofOil

    I’m hungry now – Camilla this sandwich looks amazing!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice:-)

  18. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    There are few things I love more than a ploughman’s – whether as a platter or as a sandwich, Yours looks heavenly!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jeanne! I haven’t actually had a traditional Ploughman’s for years – probably because I don’t go to pubs very often now but really should do them at home!

  19. Niori

    Branston pickle. Has to be branston. This looks so yummy

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Mandy:-)

  20. Paul Wilson

    Looks delicious!

  21. Anne Dalzell

    Your ingredients look so fresh and tasty. Branston pickle is amazing isn’t it?!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Anne, yes top quality ingredients are key:-)

  22. Karen

    A fabulous sandwich Camilla and one that I would really enjoy being a fan of Ploughman’s lunch! An open sarnie is also good for fewer calories too! Karen

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen, yes the lower calories is an added bonus:-)

  23. William Gould

    Can’t bet a bit of Branston – Corned beef and Branston is a favourite sandwich of mine!

    1. Camilla

      Funnily enough that’s the suggestion my husband came up with!

      1. William Gould

        Obviously a man of great taste! lol

  24. Maddy

    I had something very similar for my lunch today 🙂

    1. Camilla


  25. Heather Haigh

    Oh yum, what a lovely combination.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Heather:-)

  26. Ursula Hunt

    I love a good sandwich with traditional ingredients

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ursula:-)

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