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.
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 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!