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CARAMELIZED ONION+GREENS TARTINE


If you do make this, I hope you are a bit more 'on your game' than I was. I love getting emails from readers who find this space inspirational, so let's be real, there are just as many mistakes here as any kitchen. I have learn the most about cooking, when I mess things up. While attempting to salt the onions, the lid popped off, emptying the entire container of salt into the pan. I thought I did a decent job of getting a majority out, until we took a big bite after the pictures. I think I am still bloated from the sodium content, 24 hours later. Not to mention that the bbq was noticed this afternoon, left on since yesterday when we grilled the bread slices. The gas bill is one thing, but had the house burned down in my haste to quickly rub garlic on my toasty bread? I don't know if that's forgivable. All in the name of Sprouted Kitchen, my friends. Negligence and learning lessons go hand in hand. But seriously, this recipe is one to log away. It makes a quick lunch, could be used as a starter for a meal, or you could use baguette slices instead and make it into an appetizer. It's all things you love about a sandwich and a salad, in one bite.

I also wanted to add a quick note that we are now managing sponsors on the side bar. If you, or any small business you know may be interested, use the contact form and I can answer any questions. We don't intend for it to be distracting, but it's a great opportunity for us to grow, as well as offer affordable advertising to some great businesses. Now, back to the tartine of goodness!

CARAMELIZED ONION+GREENS TARTINE // Serves 2 as Entree or 4 as a Starter
If you dislike goat cheese, you could use ricotta or mascarpone as an alternative.

1 Whole Grain Fresh Bread Boule/Loaf
1 Garlic Clove
4 oz. Goat Cheese
4 tsp. Herbs de Provence

1 Medium Yellow Onion, Sliced Thin
1/2 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Cannellini Beans, Cooked and Drained
1 Endive, Halved and Sliced
2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
2 Cups Mache
1/2 Cup Chopped Radicchio (optional)
1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (optional)
Salt/Pepper

1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a large pan. Add all of the sliced onions and stir to coat. Leave them on medium low heat, and stir every once in awhile until they turn a golden brown color. This should take about 20 minutes, depending on the pan size and material.
2. While the onions cook, slice the bread into 1/4-1/2'' slices. I used 4 slices, two per person. Warm a grill or grill pan (you can use a toaster as well).
3. In a mixing bowl, add the beans, mache, endive, optional radicchio, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the caramelized onions to the bowl and mix. You will need to use your fingers to separate the tangled onions. You could add a tsp of oil here if you like things more dressed, plenty tasty without, a tad zingy from the vinegar.
4. Toast the bread slices on the grill, grill pan or toaster. While they are still hot, rub the raw garlic clove on one side of each slice. The heat will release the garlic flavor. Spread desired amount of goat cheese on the garlic side of the toast and sprinkle 1 tsp.-ish of the herbs de provence on top of the cheese. Plate them with a few heaping spoonfuls of the mache and bean mixture atop the toast and sprinkle with fresh pepper.

Reader Comments (38)

Looks délicieux! Will be fantastic with some organic French goat cheese from the farmer's market, can't wait to try it. Will you PLEASE come to Paris and open up a restaurant? :)

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I love the mess-up stories AND I'm glad you didn't burn your house down :-) This looks completely delicious!

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaryn

Looks perfect! And I couldn't agree more on the mistakes. Sometimes they can even make it more fun - though not so much in the case of burning the house down :) Love the way the sponsors section looks, so clean! xxSAS

Wow, what an interesting technique used! Once, I microwaved something for too long, and my whole microwave expoaded...so I know what you mean about kitchen "mistakes." YUM!

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam Bernstein

Looks delicious Sara! This may be a perfect "waiting for baby" meal...:)

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErin Blogavich

I never had heard of a tartine until I traveled in Normandy with my husband and fell in love with them - the varieties seem endless there. And I can totally relate to the kitchen mishaps - I'll tell you that my grill left on resulted in an outdoor fire, a visit from 10 firemen, and a really close call. Won't make that mistake again! You can see the pics of what happened to mine here:

http://cookingwithmichele.com/2009/04/food-fun-and-fire/

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCooking with Michele

This looks healthy, quick and satisfying. Love the incorporation of the grill - 'tis the season! I can relate to mistakes in the kitchen, typically those are recipes that don't make it on my blog - kudos to you for coming clean :-)

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at CC&T

Sara when is your next cooking class?? :) I must try this recipe soon! Glad your house didn't burn down!!! lol

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYumi @ Natsukashii

Looks so good!

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda @zomppa

This looks soooo good! Totally fresh and perfect for summer. And the ads? I seriously didn't notice them until you mentioned it, so good job with being subtle.

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

So healthy and delicious looking! I love the idea of a loaf of crusty bread and fresh greens! Those photos are gorgeous as usual.

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

This looks fantastic. Caramelized onions make everything wonderful. I love the idea of making tiny ones as an hors d'oeuvres. Yum!

Mmmm... we make something similar with braised greens in winter, fragrant with garlic and anchovy. I love the idea of a fresh version for summer. And the contrast of disaster story and gorgeous shots :) So happy the house didn't go up in flames!!

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Yes, disaster with salt are the worse ones: I think the problem is that salt melts really quickly so whatever liquid you have in your dish, it will be over salty and there is no way of taking it out.. I made the same mistake many times :)
Once I even prepared custard mistaking salt for sugar..I still recall the perfect creamy consistency, and how it smelled inviting, and the feeling of pure horror after I tasted it.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaffettiera

The last photo is gorgeous. I think we all have those moments, the ones we'd like to not mention, if only under our breath to those who might understand. We all do. Hungry now and it's all your fault.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

This is my perfect lunch! :)

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

You're blog is amazing! I just forwarded it to a bunch of my friends in Brooklyn, and we all love it. Can you publish a cookbook please? :)

Keep up the great work!!

xxx K

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara

Our farmers market sells the most wonderful soft goat cheese, I can't wait to try this!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who fumbles around in the kitchen a bit. :) These look really tasty!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

You are always so on par with what I like to eat. Love it!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

Mmmm! I made a big batch of white beans last weekend and made a similar salad to yours & a rosemary white bean dip with the rest. Glad you're house is still standing!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradrienne

I've been seeing tartines all over the place lately, I think it's about dang time I tried it out. Yours looks lovely, even if was a bit salty!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

i just dumped an entire jar of smoked paprika over a saute pan of red peppers and garbanzo beans, so i feel your pain. but being a little "off" in the kitchen reminds us that we're human and makes us appreciate even more all of the times the cooking flows without a hitch! love this recipe because i'm on an herbs de provence kick...and I am now craving crusty grilled bread slathered w/goat cheese!

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

This pretty much looks like heaven on grilled bread...yum!

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclaire

I just wanted to say that you have one of the most beautiful blogs I've ever seen. I'm so excited to try your recipes.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEunice

Hi Sara,
I just discovered your blog (via another blog that i can't remember now) and I've spent the weekend reading it. I'm not what you would call a good cook (read here, I burn everything) but I'm inspired to start trying a little harder! Thanks and congrats on the engagement. :)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCassy

Sometimes the best things come from the mistakes...I always remember the story about how the toll house chocolate chip cookies were invented (might be urban legend).

I really over did it this weekend - some fried food (ok, a lot) and lots of ice cream - and I am so craving stuff like this now.

June 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergastroanthropologist

you kitchen mess-ups are nothing compared to what goes down in mine! This recipe looks delish and has been bookmarked!

June 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Oh yes, we've all had something like your salt episode! Why DON'T we make certain those tops are nice and snug??

This looks lovely, but I must admit I am drawn to your veggie le crunch in the previous post. Copying now!

My first visit. Lovely blog!

June 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

This is such a pretty appetizer -- and its even better because its healthy too!

June 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I loved this dish. My husband and I just finished eating it for dinner. I put sunny side up eggs on top and it was fabulous. Thank you.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesi

i'm in love with your food porn! ;)

June 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

This salad looks like heaven!! Must make it this weekend.

June 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Just make this for lunch...Awesome!

June 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan

I just love your photography and the recipes are great.Good work

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdorothy

[...] were so amazingly tasty!  And today for lunch, I’m making the third photo from the bottom, Caramelized Onion and Greens Tartine.  I can’t wait!  I’ll update with more fun meals I try, but for now, hop on over to [...]

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHuzzah! I found it! « Bl

Hey Sara! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog yesterday! I love your website and all of your recipes! I made this recipe yesterday, and my husband and I were floored! SOO good! We are huge fans, and will continue to make it! Thank you!

August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlaze

i always visit food blogs because i always like to do some home cooked meals ;.*

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter120mm fan

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