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MoSA’s Tartine

October 25, 2010

SoupAddict was thumbing through the index of Dorie Greenspan’s new French cookbook, when “Dieter’s Tartine” caught her eye. Hmm. An open-faced sandwich for dieters. How odd.

She flipped to the recipe page, took one look at the accompanying photo and about swallowed her gum. (SoupAddict doesn’t actually chew gum — that was said strictly for dramatic effect — but if she did, she would’ve swallowed it whole like a 3rd grader trying to hide the evidence as the teacher marched down the row to confiscate it.)

What stopped SoupAddict in her tracks was the fact that she’s been eating this fancy “French” concoction her entire life. In fact, she learned this very thing from Mother of SoupAddict. Who is not the slightest bit French. She is, in fact, Austro-Hungarian. Home to some of the most delicious comfort foods ever invented. Like Hungarian goulash. And paprikash.

And this open-faced sandwich.

So, the French have some ‘splainin’ to do, claiming this as their own.

While SoupAddict holds her breath waiting for a French official to proffer an explanation, she will happily share MoSA’s sandwich with you. It doesn’t even require that you write anything down, as it’s wonderfully simple. If you still have access to late summer produce, it will make the sandwich all the more delicious and gratifying: enjoying Summer’s last hurrah on a slice of artisan bread. SoupAddict had it for lunch yesterday and will be having it for lunch again today.
SoupAddict’s gardens are largely gardened out — we’re having a fairly serious drought here in the Midwest — but a few brave souls are still pumping out food. Freshly picked tomatoes and cucumbers were there for taking (and take, SoupAddict did).
In case you were on the fence as to the weirdness of SoupAddict, this should tip you right over in the direction of “Oh, yes, that’s aye-firmative.” SoupAddict loves to photograph her tomatoes. And this picture of a Black Krim turned out so well, it’s going to be framed and hung in her house with past years’ tomato portraits. Believe it. It’s true.



Dice up the veggies. Salt-and-pepper them ever-so-lightly.
Now here’s where the French influence inserts itself on MoSA’s recipe: the fussy French method takes non-fat cottage cheese and adds non-fat sour cream, whisking the two vigorously together until smooth and creamy. SoupAddict started to do this, and then stopped halfway through. Unnecessary. Fussy. Add the sour cream if you want. Or don’t. Or use full-fat cottage cheese instead of non-fat. MoSA would use 2%. And because MoSA is always right, SoupAddict uses 2%, too. Not a fan of cottage cheese? Try a thin layer of Boursin.
Toast a slice of artisan bread (this slice is from a lovely pane toscano boule). Spread cottage cheese evenly across the top. Add your diced veggies. Sprinkle with your favorite herbs (optional).
Done. MoSA is brillant. And she’ll be thrilled when I show her the picture of her sandwich in a French cookbook.
  1. October 25, 2010 11:45 am

    It’s my opinion that the French claim credit for quite a bit that they really didn’t come up with themselves. I think they need to apologize to the Hungarians and especially, the Italians!

    However, those folks do understand the importance of butter and the excellence of heavy cream better than anyone else I know…

    I like olive oil, but butter just rocks my world!

    Lovely recipe, I’ll have to give it a whirl..

    • SoupAddict permalink
      October 27, 2010 3:17 pm

      I’m with you on that one, Rocky. Butter and cream make the world the go ’round. I’m positive that they when they learn to drill deep enough, underneath the oil and slate there will be melty rivers of butter.

  2. Susan permalink
    October 27, 2010 2:27 pm

    What kind of herb did you use? I’m going to make these for a Halloween Party this weekend!Great blog as usual!

    • SoupAddict permalink
      October 27, 2010 3:19 pm

      Hi Susan! I think I used dried basil and herbes de provence. Or was it tarragon? Probably h-d-p. That was a whole 4 days ago – you expect me to remember or sumpthin’ ?! 🙂

  3. Nikki permalink
    October 29, 2010 2:58 pm

    I photograph my tomatoes too! Haven’t started framing them though. Interesting idea……

  4. Coral permalink
    October 30, 2010 10:13 am

    Soup Addict, are you familiar with East Nashville’s Tomato Art Festival? You should check it out. You could enter a photo!

  5. October 31, 2010 6:48 pm

    What on earth is artisan bread? Can you tell I am not French and do not cook fancy food?

  6. janemaynard permalink
    November 8, 2010 9:09 pm

    hi there! just wanted to let you know we featured this post on the home page today under today’s specials. love the photos, the tartine looks DELISH and it’s just a fun post all around. 🙂 thanks so much! jane

    • SoupAddict permalink
      November 8, 2010 9:12 pm

      Thanks, Jane, that was really awesome!

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