A Bastille Day Meatless Monday Roundup: 4 Tartine Recipes

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In celebration of Bastille Day, we’re putting a classic French treat on our Meatless Monday tables. Tartines are open-face sandwiches eaten morning, noon and night in France. Our tartine recipes are perfectly vegetarian for a delicious Meatless Monday treat.

Tartines can be made with pretty much anything you have at home, but our favorites involve the careful combination of a handful of ingredients that pair perfectly.

While our first sandwich may seem more Italian in influence than French, fresh tomatoes are a summer staple in Gallic households, and this bruschetta sandwich is no exception. Use top-quality ingredients for this sandwich: tomatoes, olive oil, fresh herbs, and excellent bread. The result will only be better than the sum of its parts.

avocado toast

Photography by Jim Hensley & Nina Dreyer Hensley.

Avocado toast has been popping up all over the Internet. This simple trend has many iterations, but ours plays off of the richness of avocado with a hint of spice from chili flakes. Lemon zest adds freshness to this treat that’s just as fantastic for lunch as for a simple snack.


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Cancoillotte is a runny French cheese made with buttermilk left to coagulate and then mixed with a variety of flavorings like herbs, alcohol and garlic. The result is perfectly spreadable or dippable, making it the ideal ingredient for a simple tartine. Cancoillotte can be difficult to find in the States, but you can try your hand at making cancoillotte and serving it on toasted country bread.

Image: Kirsten Hudson

The Danes are perhaps the most adept at creating delicious open-faced sandwiches, known as smørrebrød. A base of rye bread and butter can be accentuated with all sorts of toppings; vegetarian possibilities include boiled egg, cheese, cucumber, tomatoes and herbs. Try out your favorite combinations for Meatless Monday.

Top image: Marieke Kuijjer

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