Tartine Madness!

Some of you may remember a blog I wrote a while back about eating tartines in France. A tartine is an open-faced sandwich; a big slice of bread you pile high with so many delicious things that you may have to eat with a fork and knife. Tartines can be sweet or savory, hot or cold, which makes them perfect for any meal. They are so versitile, my friend Danny is thinking about having a tartine party. This week I am going to have a tartine every day and share new creations with you. Today I got a loaf of sourdough from my favorite bakery, Uprise. When I got home and turn the oven on broil to pre-heat. I sliced a bit of mushroom, half a small tomato, and very thinly slice a clove of garlic. I then toasted a slice of bread from the middle of the loaf so it would be nice and big. When the bread was done I put a little bit of olive oil on it before loading on the toppings: first a handfull of spinach, then my mushroom slices, then the tomato, some dollups of goat cheese, then the slices of garil, and last but not least, a sprinkling of dried basil. A tartine doesn’t have to be this big of a production, but I was feeling theatrical. I put my tartine in the oven. By the time I put away all my ingredients it was done. It was delicious, and because I was at home I ate it with my hands and enjoyed the mess.

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