Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge

Smoked Salmon Tartine

Happy French Fridays with Dorie!  This week’s recipe was very simple and tasty.  We made two tartines inspired by a neighborhood cafe in Paris called La Croix Rouge.

A tartine is basically an open-faced sandwich.  The Food Lover’s Companion defines tartine as, “French for a slice of buttered bread, which can be topped with any of various other spreads from jam to cheese”.

Both tartines start with a slice of country bread that is lightly toasted on one side.  I have been looking for an excuse to make a loaf of bread from Jim Lahey’s My Bread, so I made my own.

tartine saint-germain

Roast Beef Tartine

To make the tartine saint-germain, as soon as the bread is toasted spread it with mayonnaise, then top it with thinly sliced cornichons and slices of roast beef.  Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

tartine norvégienne

Smoked Salmon Tartine

Tartine norvégienne is very similar, but replaces the mayonnaise with butter and the beef with smoked salmon.  Finish with a sprinkle of capers and freshly ground pepper.

These tartines were delicious!  I made them for dinner, but really they make a great impromptu lunch.  I must keep this concept in mind next time I have leftover bread or appropriate toppings.  A winner!

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12 responses to “Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge

  1. I agree – these were both winners.

  2. Agreed a winner… glad you enjoyed them.

  3. I so agree…this was a winner! We loved them, too!

  4. I thought these were delicious too. So happy you enjoyed – yours look wonderful!

  5. I’ve been obsessed with making Jim Lahey’s no knead bread since January. I’ve been making 2-3 loaves a week. It is so wonderful, and so easy. And perfect for these tartines. I used slices from my no-knead loaf too. Yours look delicious!

  6. I love how nice and rare your roast beef looks. This would be a great use of leftovers from a beautiful roast. Your smoked salmon looks delicious, too. Both must have been even better with your homemade bread.

  7. Nana

    This must have been scrumptious on that homemade bread, they really
    look great. I loved both versions.

  8. Beautiful job. Your tartines look delicious. Roast Beef was my favorite.

  9. we dont need an excuse to make bread here, we just enjoy doing it : ) especially when we get to the eating part!

    your tartines look great!

  10. Its been months since I last made bread! Your tartines are awesome!

  11. Oh, what kind of bread did you make? Do tell :-)
    Your tartines both look delicious.

  12. You put me to shame, girl, making your own bread. I’m with Cher. What did you make? I don’t know why we don’t make tartines more often. They are sorta more elegant than sandwiches. Any topping works. Nice job.

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