A Tartine is an open face sandwich, very popular in France. Go to any bistro at breakfast or lunch and you will see Tartines offered on the menu.
Tartines are not as popular in the United States yet (we love our sandwiches between two slices of bread!), but I love this lighter and sometimes more creative option of our everyday sandwich.
A tartine served with a light salad would be perfect for a nice brunch or lunch. La Salade Mentonnaise would pair beautifully with a Fresh Fig, Proscuitto and Marscapone Tartine.
What is a French Tartine?
Open face sandwich, most commonly made with a French Baguette or Sourdough loaf.
Tartines can be Savory or Sweet, dependent on the time of day and your preference. In France it is customary to eat sweet in the morning and for a mid-afternoon snack called le goûter.
Many French people start their day with a tartine for breakfast. A section of crusty baguette cut into, lengthwise. A generous spread of butter and a dollop of jam. I love Bonne Maman peach jam but you can also use any variety of store bought or homemade jams.
My husband, Le Chef, likes a tartine with only butter on it that he dips in rich hot chocolate - it brings him right back to being a kid in France.
A tartine made simply with nutella is a favorite afternoon snack for school kids.
These are only a few suggestions for French Tartine Recipes, by using different toppings you can create a wide variety of tartines!
A Fig and Prosciutto Tartine makes for a perfect light lunch. Take a slice of bread, top with some fresh marscapone, salty prosciutto and some fresh figs and voila! you have a delicious lunch. Accompany with a green salad topped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and you would swear you have just lunched in your favorite French bistro.
For a vegetarian option I love spreading a thick layer of goat cheese topped with steamed asparagus, a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh thyme.
My favorite for brunch is a Salmon Tartine is with cream cheese, smoked salmon, thinly sliced red onion, capers and a little bit of lemon zest and black pepper.
Le Chef came up with a creative take on the Tomato Burrata and Basil Tartine by adding fresh strawberries. It really elevates the dish!
How to make a tartine:
Take a piece of bread. You can refer to one of my most popular posts Baking Baguettes for Beginners to make your own crusty French Baguette. You can also use a slice of sourdough or rustic bread (pain rustique) as it is referred to in France.
Grill your bread with a little olive oil in a pan until golden brown.
Top with your choice of toppings!
I hope you have enjoyed this post about a selection of French Tartines Recipe. Let me know if you make a tartine and leave a comment below.
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Hmmm! So simple and delicious! Love the idea of the figs