Publication date November 3, 2023
How to Make a Perfect Tartine for Your Next Brunch Party
Have you ever heard of tartines? These delicious open-faced sandwiches are a French classic, and they're so easy to make at home.
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Tartines are simply pieces of crusty bread topped with whatever you like. They're the perfect way to use up leftovers or to create a quick and easy breakfast tartine, lunch, or dinner.
I love making tartines because they're so customizable. I can use whatever ingredients I have on hand, and I can dress them up or down depending on the occasion.
The only rule I have when it comes to tartines is to use the best bread you can find. A good crusty bread will make all the difference in your tartine.
Below I have combined everything you need to know about Tartine including a simple and easy roadmap to make a perfect Tartine for your next brunch party.
Plus I have also included a few delicious and best Tartines that you should definitely try at home.
What is a Tartine?
A tartine is a fancy French open-faced sandwich topped with a variety of spreadable ingredients.
One of two slices of bread can be turned into a delicious tartine with either sweet or savory toppings and they're very Pinterest-worthy, considering their artful arrangements.
If you need a visual of a tartine then you can easily search on Pinterest. Ever-popular avocado toast is probably one of the most common tartines eaten these days.
As I have mentioned earlier, the best thing about tartines, in my opinion, is just how easy to make and flexible they are. There are not any certain rules about how to make one, you can simply make a tartine with handy ingredients you prefer or that are in your fridge.
Additionally, you can switch up your tartine bread options with sourdough, croissants, whole wheat, and basic white. There are multiple options that you'll never get bored.
How to Make a Perfect Tartine?
Tartines are versatile, and fun to make, and most importantly a tartine sandwich is lighter and can be healthier than normal sandwiches.
They’re an ideal party appetizer but can be also a decent lunch or dinner. Because they’re super flexible, you can top them with just about anything. Here are a few ground rules for making a tasty open-face tartine:
1. Choose sturdy bread
Bread is the foundation of a good tartine, so choose a slice that can stand up to your toppings. Dense multi-grain or miche are good options, but a crusty baguette cut lengthwise can also work.
2. Toast and dress your bread.
Toasting your bread will give it a sturdy crunch and prevent it from getting soggy. Then, drizzle it with olive oil and spread it on your favorite condiments, such as mayo, butter, jam, pesto, or hummus. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Thinly slice your vegetables
Use a sharp knife, mandolin, or vegetable peeler to create paper-thin slices of your favorite vegetables. This will help them to cook evenly and retain their flavor.
4. Dress your vegetables(Optional)
Toss your sliced vegetables in a bit of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to enhance their flavor.
5. Stack smart
When layering your tartine, start with smaller, roll-y ingredients like capers or diced onion, and place them directly on the bread.
This will prevent them from sticking to your spread. Then, alternate textured ingredients like lettuce with slippery ones like sliced tomatoes.
6. Make it pop.
Garnish your tartine with a few ingredients that add texture and color, such as fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, or cracked black pepper.
Best Ever Tartine Recipes
From sweet tartines such as Roasted Blueberry Ricotta Tartine and Grilled Gigs Tartine to Chicken Salad Tartine and Green Harissa Tartiens, there is multiple od variety to choose from.
Here are the top 3 of my favorite tartines, that you can try making at home:
1. Mustard mayo, and pickled cucumbers Tartine
Toss a few thin slices of cucumber with a splash of white wine vinegar, a pinch of sugar, and a pinch of dried red chili flakes.
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Mix equal amounts of American mustard with mayo and spread over slices of toast. Finally, top with the cucumber slices and some chopped dill.
2. Tartines with smoked salmon, egg, and capers
Spread soured cream mixed with chopped chives on toasted bread.
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Top with thin slices of smoked salmon, sliced boiled quail’s eggs, capers, more chives, and diced red onions.
Lastly, sprinkle with celery salt and enjoy!
3. Tartine with feta, Peppadew and artichoke
Spread crumbled feta mashed with an equal amount of Greek yogurt on toast bread.
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Then top with thinly sliced artichoke hearts, Peppadew peppers, kalamata olives, and a drizzle of peppery green olive oil.