Open sandwich recipe (hobz biz-zejt)
- Cuisine: Maltese
- Prep Time: 5 min(s)
The name Hobz biz-zeit –translates as bread with oil. Malta’s number one snack food is an open sandwich slathered with kunserva (sweetish tomato paste) and topped with the best the Mediterranean has to offer. Shane especially likes to use white anchovies, which are pickled in vinegar rather than preserved in salt or oil and have a mild, sweet flavour.
Ingredientsslices of dense, crusty bread
kunserva (Maltese tomato paste)
white anchovies or tinned tuna in oil, drained
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
flat-leaf parsley leaves
extra-virgin olive oil
PreparationSpread the bread with kunserva. Sprinkle capers over the top, then add anchovies or tuna. Season with salt and pepper, scatter with parsley and drizzle generously with oil. Enjoy!
SBS cook’s notes
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55–60 g, unless specified.
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