Roasted Balsamic Tomato & Mushroom Tartine

Balsamic Roasted Tomato & Mushroom Tartine - fabulous for lunch, brunch or even a casual dinner entree w/ amazing flavor bursting in every bite!

Paris; often described as one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world. I had the opportunity to visit as a teenager, shortly after I graduated from high school. I spent a few months working in Sweden that summer as the official (and only) dishwasher at a beautiful, historic restaurant on the North Sea. After I’d washed enough dishes to reach to the moon and back, I had a bit of time left to travel with some dear friends before heading back to the States. Paris was one of the favorite places that we visited, and I still have wonderful memories of exploring “the city of lights“.

Ever since, I dreamed of returning to Paris; but life has a way of taking you down different roads. Raising children and working a “real job” filled much of my time for many years and, though I loved that phase of life, thoughts of distant, romantic cities were relegated to my fantasies. Then, two years ago, my daughter surprised me in the most delightful way. She lives in London and while we were there visiting her, she took me on an unexpected, birthday trip ………. to Paris!

We got on the high speed train that runs under the English Channel early one morning and headed to France. It was a cloudy, grey day, not the prettiest for sure, but we didn’t care. We spent the day in Paris, walking, talking, laughing, eating, climbing the Eiffel tower and cramming in as many sights as possible. That evening we boarded the train once again (just as the skies opened up and poured torrents of rain). We dined  on delicious Parisian bread, cheese and wine while heading back to London, and were tucked in our little beds before midnight struck. What awesome memories were created that fun spring day.

Paris

I guess, being a hopeless romantic, I’ll always be dreaming of Paris. I hope to be able to visit again one day and explore the beautiful city with my best buddy (aka husband), Scott.  Until then we have a fun way of recreating a bit of France without ever leaving home. Scott puts on some romantic French music like this or this (you can hear the songs by clicking on the little arrow below the image) and I make tartines!

Balsamic Roasted Tomato & Mushroom Tartine - fabulous for lunch, brunch or even a casual dinner entree w/ amazing flavor bursting in every bite!

Tartines?  Yes, tartines are common fare in cafés and restaurants throughout France and make a fun and unique lunch or dinner entree. Tartines  have as many variations as ………. well, at least as many as the number of dishes I washed that summer in Sweden!

A tartine is, in essence, just a fancy French word for an open-faced sandwich, there are a few differences that set tartines apart. First, it’s essential to use good bread; a sourdough or rustic-style loaf is perfect. Second, the tartine bread is usually brushed with butter or olive oil and toasted before topping. The toppings? The sky’s the limit and, as you can see in the pictures, I had a lot I slow-roasted the mushrooms and tomatoes with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then used pesto and fresh mozzarella for the toppings on my golden, pan-toasted sourdough slices. A short stint back in the oven to melt the cheese and a scatter of tiny basil leaves made my tartine look gorgeous with melting cheese and pesto oozing over the crisp edges. When everyone went crazy over the lunch, I knew this recipe was a keeper.

If you’re looking for something delicious, fun and quite out of the ordinary, be sure to try this wonderful Balsamic Roasted Tomato & Mushroom Tartine. It might just make you feel as if you’re dining in a charming French bistro, without ever leaving home—though you might want to practice pronouncing tartine with a French accent to be really authentic. Bon Appetit!

P.S. One other idea: these tartines also make fantastic appetizers. Just make them as directed and cut each slice into 4 or 5 individual, bite-sized portions. Voila!

A wonderful day in amazing Paris

Roasted Balsamic Tomato & Mushroom Tartine
 
Roasted Balsamic Tomato & Mushroom Tartines - Tartines are a delicious French take on the classic open-faced sandwich. This is an delicious, bursting with flavor version!
Author:
Recipe type: Tartine,
Serves: Serves 4 as a main course, 16 appetizers.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb multi-hued tomatoes, halved
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ Tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb large mushrooms, halved
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices sour dough or rustic bread
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 6 Tbsp pesto
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • fresh basil leaves, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Spread tomatoes out in a single layer on one of the prepared pans. Drizzle tomatoes with 3 tablespoons oil and 1 ½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon sea salt and a generous grind of freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Spread mushrooms halves out in a single layer on the second prepared pan. Drizzle mushrooms with 3 tablespoons oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sugar, ½ teaspoon sea salt and a generous grind of freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Roast tomatoes and mushrooms for 60-75 minutes or until most of the liquid has disappeared. Gently stir every 15 minutes during roasting time. Mushrooms will be finished about 10-15 minutes before tomatoes. Remove from oven when veggies are deep golden and caramelized. Set aside, but leave oven on.
  5. Brush both sides of bread slices lightly with olive oil. Place in a sauté pan and cook over medium heat until golden on both sides. Cook in batches, if needed. Place bread slices on a sheet pan.
  6. Top each bread slice with 1 ½ tablespoons pesto. Spread pesto to edges of bread slices. Slice or tear mozzarella in to small pieces. Top pesto layer with torn mozzarella. Add tomatoes and mushrooms, dividing evenly between the tartines. Return to oven and bake till cheese is melted, about 6-8 minutes.. Scatter with fresh basil leaves and serve.

Comments

  1. says

    I took my daughter to Paris for her 13th birthday – 11 years ago and that was my first time. We walked our legs off and had the best time ever. I doubt I’ll ever get my husband to go so I’m glad the two of us went.

    Your tart looks just like something they’d serve in Paris – it’s beautiful and I know tasty.

  2. says

    Hi Chris, what a wonderful time you and your daughter shared, you both look very much alike. Love tomatoes and this tartine is beautiful!

  3. Mary Hirsch says

    Just read all about this tartine on your Parade site. We’ve made several in our French Fridays with Dorie adventures and I always wonder why I don’t remember to make one for lunch (or, for me, dinner). This sounds delicious, Chris. I have all the ingredients “on site” (meaning in my kitchen) except the bread. Not hard to find great bread here in Aspen. Tonight I am going to “Le Week-end”, a film starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan. It’s about a couple spending a week-end in Paris. Won’t this be a perfect dinner (with a little wine, of course) before I leave for the film?

  4. Joyce says

    My husband and I lived in Estonia for many years and traveled all over Europe. My favorite was Paris too. Truly the most romantic city in the world. We traveled all over France and it is such a beautiful country, but ah Paris………the best part! Just breathing in the air was romantic. All we wanted to do was stroll the streets, eat the glorious food and just breathe in the air!

  5. says

    Sounds like a marvelous surprise trip! I’ve made tartines several times and always think how lovely it would be to be eating one in a Paris cafe! Yours looks delicious…love the roasted tomatoes!

  6. says

    Paris is such a wonderful city — loads to see, even more loads to eat. I haven’t been there in ages, and now I’m missing it. What a great gift from your daughter to take you there on a surprise trip! Oh, and the tartine? Amazing — thanks.

  7. says

    What a sweet daughter!!! Paris is on my bucket list.

    I wish I could have this tartine for lunch – it seriously has me drooling.

  8. says

    Chris: You are full of surprises. I have never thought that you lived abroad once. I am glad that a couple of years ago you had the chance to visit ‘the city of lights’ again — this time with your daughter. What a great birthday surprise! This savory tartine looks super scrumptious. Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

  9. says

    I LOVE Paris. I went there for the first time with my mother and I walked her shoes off but we enjoyed every minute of it. I’ve been there with John a few times and he likes it nearly as much as i do. I look forward to going back but until then, Tartines it is!

  10. says

    We adore Paris too and thank you Chris, for taking us along to your wonderful trip with your beautiful daughter. Now we are dreaming from Paris again and your delicious tartine bring back memories from our last visit.
    Wishing you a Happy Mothers’s Day :)

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