now that’s a manwich

I love getting ciabatta bread from Costco. I freeze it and will use it for french bread or a variety of sandwiches such as chicken and pesto or turkey, bacon and cheese. This time I went totally different and my hubby was licking his lips. This may be the ultimate manwich or in German terms, the bouncer. A bouncer is an open-faced sandwich with an egg or two, meat and cheese.  Below is my recipe, but a few other ones I found to give you ingredient inspiration.

the open-faced manwich (i.e. the bouncer)


For 6 open faced sandwiches

  • Ciabatta bread, sliced in half/open faced
  • Ground Italian sausage
  • Italian sausage brats (approx. 4)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 can tomato sauce (I used Hunt’s Four Cheese flavor)
  • 1 cup Feta cheese
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings to liking (I used garlic, salt & pepper)


  1. Place open-faced ciabatta’s on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and then spread a spoonful of tomato sauce on top of each bread. Broil on low for 7-10 minutes until lightly toasted and warm all the way through.
  2. While toasting bread, cook Italian sausage and brats in a large fry pan.
  3. Take the bread out and spoon the cooked sausage on top of the sauce-covered bread. Sprinkle Feta on top of the sausage.
  4. Cut the brats into slices and place on top of the Feta.
  5. Place the sandwiches back in the oven on either 350 bake or low broil (watching it)
  6. In the pan with meat drippings, fry your eggs over-easy (with runny yolk).
  7. Take your sandwiches out of the oven, place hot, fried egg on top of each one and top with cheddar, garlic, salt and pepper.

♥ more manwich love ♥

bacon & egg with argula

Other ones to try thanks to Northern Brewer Supply magazine

Veggie Bouncer (ingredients per sandwich): Dutch aged gouda, two eggs, herb butter or cream cheese. Add tomatoes or butter-softened mushrooms to the top.

Trans-Mediterranean Bouncer: Prosciutto, two eggs, giardinera or olive salad, garlic cream cheese or Boursin. Add vinegary hot sauce to top if you like it.


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