ffwD: Two Tartines from La Croix Rouge

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This week’s ffwD assignment was inspired by two appetizers served at a French cafe Dorie frequents called La Croix Rouge. The first, tartine norvégienne, calls for paper-thin slices of smoked salmon on toasted bread slathered with butter and topped with capers. I couldn’t see myself eating butter with salmon, so I went the bagel route and used cream cheese as the spread.

The second, tartine saint-germain, uses mayonnaise as the spread, paper-thin slices of rare roast beef, and cornichons as garnish. For this one, I skipped the cornichons and used rare beef tenderloin from the supermarket. Although neither of my tartine had paper-thin slices, they were no less delicious. Definitely worth buying a whole jar of capers for salty zing!

These two tartines from La Croix Rouge were made for French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

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58 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chef mimi
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 16:38:20

    These are beautiful!!!

  2. SandraM
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 17:21:15

    The rare beef looks great. Could use a bit of that right now!!

  3. Cakelaw
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 17:27:47

    Yummo! They look great YC. I enjoyed them very much.

  4. I Wilkerson
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 18:12:29

    I would happily nosh on these!

  5. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 19:06:56

    The capers really made it :)

  6. Susan Edelman
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 19:15:58

    I love this! And don’t tell my vegan friends. Shhhh!

  7. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 21:19:16

    These look so elegant and tasty!

  8. Three Well Beings
    Mar 07, 2014 @ 23:05:03

    Lovely as appetizers, or I’d say as lunch! I agree about the capers!

  9. hotlyspiced
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 00:04:48

    I would love the beef with the cornichons! xx

  10. The Foodie Affair
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 00:22:29

    Appetizers are my favorite course to sample! Yes, don’t forget the capers!

  11. Food,Photography & France
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 02:54:18

    Sounds great…I love capers and use them whenever I can.

  12. whatjessicabakednext
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 04:03:09

    This looks and sounds amazing!

  13. Choc Chip Uru
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 04:14:02

    Such vibrant photos my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Tanusree
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 06:05:02

    your tartine look nice. glad you enjoyed them.

  15. Bam's Kitchen
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 06:27:12

    I am partial to smoked salmon with the capers just love that combo. Have a super weekend. BAM

  16. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 06:31:18

    Cream cheese was a lovely option! Yours both look divine!!!

  17. Daniela
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 06:42:23

    Salmon and capers is a match made in heaven!

  18. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 09:42:03

    I love how you’ve presented these!

  19. bakeawaywithme.com
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 12:54:16

    Just lovely, YC! I thought the capers were perfect on the salmon, too! Glad you enjoyed them!

  20. Corina
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 13:50:01

    They look gorgeous – I’d love something like this for a light lunch with a bit of salad on the side.

  21. dulceshome
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 15:22:51

    Your tartines look amazing! So beautiful. I did use the cornishons, and have found that I really like them. Rare tenderloin – delicious idea.

  22. tastytreats13
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 15:40:29

    They look amazing!

  23. melolimparfaite
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 17:09:57

    Nice, I’ d love to try it !

  24. Michael's Woodcraft
    Mar 08, 2014 @ 20:28:50

    I love these things, roast beef, salmon, I have even had them with tuna! They look delicious! :-)

  25. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 00:35:53

    Seriously gorgeous and delicious looking. Wow.

  26. saucygander
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 03:29:53

    They both look gorgeous and delicious, perfect dinner party food! :-)

  27. jora
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 09:23:37

    Good call. Cream cheese is much better with salmon.

  28. Tammy
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 15:16:14

    Those look delicious. I love to put some dill on salmon.

  29. betsy
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 15:17:06

    I think you might be the first one I’ve seen who cut the tartines into little strips. So cute! I just picked the bread up whole and bit in. Looks great!

  30. Geraldine Saucier
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 16:40:54

    Lovely job. They both look delicious:)

  31. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 19:07:21

    We love eating smoked salmon and capers with cream cheese spread on bagels on weekend morning. These tartines make me hungry!

  32. Gloria
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 05:22:39

    I’d love to taste the salmon one :-)
    xoxo

  33. TrafficDiva
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 05:54:56

    I LOVE THIS!!! Forget about “appetizers”..I would make a dinner of these like..”snap” THAT!! YUM!!!

  34. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 08:25:17

    The salmon would be my pick – but both these look amazing – love the “salty zing” from the capers! :)

  35. ivysew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.com
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 09:29:02

    So beautiful and tempting…:)

  36. cquek
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 11:48:28

    This is exactly the recipe I need to get

  37. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 13:45:25

    The roast beef tasting would definitely be my friend. Lovely to look at too !

  38. ashley
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 16:27:22

    This looks so good! Great colors, great recipe.

  39. Alice
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 18:59:01

    fantastic looking this week – this was a winner for most I’d say!

  40. Tracy
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 21:15:01

    These look so fancy.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  41. Culinary Flavors
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 03:18:21

    They look very appetizing!

  42. Von
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 03:50:47

    I’ve never had tartines before- these look amazingly delicious! (especially the salmon one!)

  43. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:41:21

    OH WoW! I think this looks amazing!

  44. mireia badia
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 15:36:12

    yum!! looks great!!

  45. Juliana
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 19:35:45

    These look delicious…I would not know which one to start with…
    Have a great week :D

  46. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 22:55:25

    I used dill sauce rather than butter (yuck). These were good, weren’t they. I always have capers on hand. Your right, a few of those babies yield a salty zing to many toppings.

  47. atasteofmadess
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 13:49:03

    I should not be looking at food blogs an hour before lunch…this looks SO good!

  48. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 13:50:39

    I love smoked salmon, so that one looks prefect to me!

  49. Deepti
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 13:59:52

    These are so colorful and capers should have definitely given a twist…

  50. sprinklesandsauce
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 19:03:33

    love them both but i tend to favor smoked salmon!

  51. Jenn and Seth
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 19:43:35

    these both sound soooo good!

  52. Karen
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 16:22:30

    Tartines make for a nice lunch. The roast beef would please me and the salmon would make my husband happy. :)

  53. Libby
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 19:44:13

    Oh God, that looks delicious!

  54. Amelia
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 21:09:04

    Hi Yummy Chunklet, this look so delightful.
    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

  55. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 23:25:32

    I would devour both of them, yum!

  56. Cher
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 11:02:09

    That roast beef looks perfect! (And I agree – the capers were totally worth it)

  57. Sugar and Cinnamon
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 19:26:50

    Omg they both sound and look amazing!

  58. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Mar 14, 2014 @ 22:13:37

    Beautiful tartines! They certainly look like a great snack -

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