Friday, September 7, 2012

FFWD ~ Eggplant “Tartine” with Tomatoes, Olives, and Cucumber

Eggplant “Tartine” with Tomatoes, Olives, and Cucumber
This weeks French Friday recipe was for Eggplant “Tartine”. I wasn’t sure what it was. Was it a salad or a sandwich?  Well, whatever you call it, call it delicious!
What is a tartine, you ask?  In France, a tartine is an open-faced sandwich topped with spreadable ingredients.  For me this was more of a salad (an absolutely wonderful salad) with roasted eggplant as the base.  I used one small eggplant because, yet again I would be the only one eating it. My husband doesn’t do eggplant.  I ate this wonderful “Tartine” for lunch and, had a few pieces of eggplant leftover which I finished for dinner.
It consists of an eggplant, peeled and sliced crosswise. Then the eggplant slices are brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and roasted.  The eggplant is served with a lovely tomato salad (more like a salsa) spread over the top. It contains cherry tomatoes that are quartered, olives, Vidalia onion, garlic, capers all mixed together with an olive oil, vinegar dressing.  With the ingredients combined and plated, scatter the dish with sliced cucumbers dressed with a dash of olive oil.  This was fabulous, and I know I will serve it again...even if it is just for my lunch!  Happy Friday, everyone!!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” or here. To see what my fellow Doristas are doing check it out here.

Beautiful tomatoes from my garden
Sliced  eggplant ready for the oven
The roasted eggplant
The tomato salad
Viola!!  Delicious and very pretty!

27 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I'm just about to start mine and your post has me excited instead of a tentative. (Not sure why FFwD site won't come up for me this am, but glad I found your post on Google!)

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  2. Those are some mighty pretty tomatoes! Lovely presentation, Kathy.
    Have a great weekend.

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  3. Pretty presentation. I am glad you enjoyed this one. I am not a big fan of eggplant so the recipe was ok. I did love the salsa though. I hope you have a great weekend:)

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  4. Gorgeous. We loved this one, too. I really like your colored tomatoes, those yellow ones just make the whole thing pop! I'm making it again this weekend and you can bet I will put some of my yellow tomatoes in there as well!

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  5. Lovely photos and presentation! We'll be having this one again, too. It's funny. My partner can be pretty fussy about food, but eggplant is one of his favourite vegetables. Lucky for me!

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  6. Your tartine looks really wonderful, full of perfect tomatoes! Mine was a dissapointment. Have a great weekend!

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  7. What a perfectly elegant style to serve these !

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  8. Lovely presentation! I liked this recipe very much!!

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  9. I love your thin slices of cucumber. They almost look like delicious potato chips!

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  10. Kathy, one picture perfect presentation of this aubergine tartine - I can see that you really enjoyed making this dish. I love the idea that you placed the very thin cucumber slices around the tartine as well as the different colored tomatoes. We enjoyed this recipe tremendously too but with a twist.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. Haha salad or sandwich cannot matter when it looks so beautiful and delicious :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. I think it's interesting, Kathy, when we don't have a picture of the intended FFWD dish. Some of us, me included, didn't peel all the skin off the eggplant because I thought she intended us to peel it in two-inch strips. I now see we mis-interpreted her directions but it made the eggplant A bit "tough" when eating the skin. Just a learning experience for me since I haven't often cooked with aubergines. I think you used black olives which I think would have been tastier. Still, a fun variation on tartines and a delicious FFWD choice. Love the pix of you and your husband -- that's what Summer lazy days should be all about!

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  13. Your tartine looks delicious! I like the different colors and shapes of your tomatoes. Happy Friday to you Kathy!

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  14. Kathy, you've made a wonderful eggplant dish, when I have time I'm going to try this recipe;-)
    Happy Weekend;-)

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  15. Very pretty presentation. We loved this one, especially the topping.

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  16. This sounds scrumptious I love everything in it!

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  17. my husband used to be the same way, would not touch eggplant or winter squash. after a while, he learned that he'd have to skip dinner when those were on the menu, and then he learned that they weren't so bad. now he occasionally says, "that's ...aaahhh... good!" your salad looks so refreshing and beautiful!

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  18. I love recipes like this - so fresh, healthy and totally delicious !!
    Mary x

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  19. My husband doesn't do eggplant either (I think it's a trend). They just don't know what they are missing. You are right, this is more like a salad than a breadless sandwich. I enjoyed it, especially the topping. Yours looks great!

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  20. I am glad you clarified this for me - I was assuming the eggplant was on bread, and wondered where everyone was getting their thick bread from. Looks great Kathy! Hope you are having a good weekend.

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  21. What wonderful color, Kathy. This sounds delicious and it is perfect for this time of year. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  22. I love eggplants too only sometimes here they get to be a bit bitter. This is such a beautiful and tasty meal Kathy!

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  23. Looks so fresh and beautiful, Kathy! I passed this week since we spent 2 whole days prepping for my 50th Birthday Elton John theme party. Unfortunately, we were so busy I didn't get photos of everything, so will just do a couple of focused posts.

    Have a great week!

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  24. Kathy, I love the way your Eggplant Tartine turned out, so colorful, and totally delicious. It almost reminds me of the Sicilian Caponata. Beautiful presentation, as well:)

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  25. The tomatoes from your garden look delightful! Love how your dish turned out, the colors are so beautiful, great presentation.

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  26. Beautiful! My husband doesn't usually do eggplant, but he didn't mind it in this dish. Probably because he liked all the toppings on it. :)

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