ffwD: Eggplant “Tartine” with Tomatoes, Olives, and Cucumbers

Oh, Dorie. What is it with you and raw onions?

When I see raw onions in a recipe, I have two options. Either (a) roast the onions and ultimately modify the recipe till it’s unrecognizable or (b) skip the recipe altogether. This time, I went with option (a) and oven-roasted the onions on the same baking sheet as my sliced eggplant. Additionally, I don’t care for green olives, but I do like black olives and used those instead. I left out the celery, not really because I don’t like them but more because I never have any on hand. Same goes for the capers. As for the cucumbers, I had to keep reminding myself that they were cucumbers because they looked like slices of raw onion from afar. But, I kept them in for crunch. Finally, I piled the chopped veggies on the eggplant slices and drizzled peach vinegar and olive oil over the tops rather than combine everything in a bowl beforehand. Oh, and I dusted the plate with dried herbs de Provence instead of fresh chopped oregano. My modifications this made the eggplant “tartine” very palatable. To me, anyway.

Yeah, that’s what happens when raw onions are listed as an ingredient. You’ve been warned.

This eggplant “tartine” with tomatoes, olives, and cucumbers was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

65 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:07:56

    Funny. I have come to the point where I just leave out the raw onions…
    Nicely done!

  2. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:11:42

    I just had an “argument” (very friendly and funny in fact) with one of your fellow Dorie followers. I just don’t understand why you follow her, by which I mean cook her recipes, as she really isn’t your cup of tea or anything else. You seem to cook delicious things when you’re not living in fear of Dorie’s ingredients:)

    • yummychunklet
      Sep 07, 2012 @ 12:23:41

      It’s interesting that you mention that. I really only got interested in Dorie Greenspan because of the initial Tuesdays with Dorie baking group (as my sisters readily point out that I’m more a baker than a cook). I thought the French Fridays group with give me a chance to better expand my cooking skills, but it’s been hit and miss. When one of her recipes truly disinterests me, like the icy beets and raw onions salad, I just skip it. I will admit that I try to curtail the recipes to fit my palate as I’m the one eating and hopefully enjoying! =D

  3. Carine
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:26:41

    Your version seems quite tasty.
    I’m not a fan o raw onions either 😉

  4. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:42:08

    Happy to see another eggplant recipe–they are still coming in like crazy! (And I do like raw onions…)

  5. Tasty Mayhem
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:46:19

    I think of you every time I see those darn raw onions. Using the sweet ones has helped me, but your roasted/black olive/no caper version looks like a winner.

  6. Ei
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:47:39

    Agreed–Dorie sure does like her raw onions. I subbed in scallions, because they’re less aggressive. Roasting the onions sounds like a great work-around.

  7. loavesandstitches
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 08:10:10

    I feel the same way about raw onions. Yours looks wonderful!

  8. Maria
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 10:20:04

    Everybody is talking about the onions but I want to say that your cucumbers look exactly the same as mine!!!!!! Great minds slice alike or what ?!!!! 🙂 🙂

  9. spicegirlfla
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 10:54:04

    This is so me! I love eggplant and love how this is presented! Beautiful job, you’ve got me wanting to create this!

  10. Miriam
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 11:02:25

    Oh, how perfectly yummy!!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  11. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 11:19:09

    Looks awesome with the roasted onions. That’s what we would have done!

  12. squishymonster
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 11:50:25

    I love seeing Eggplant, period…many people seem off put by it but it’s certainly delish!!

  13. Choc Chip Uru
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 13:02:25

    Love your not use of raw onions 😀
    This looks fantastic!

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 13:06:39

    This looks wonderful!

  15. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 13:26:26

    Your thoughts about raw onions were mine about cucumbers… In the end the tartine worked for you. Have a nice weekend!

  16. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 14:59:03

    This still looks tasty, even with the modifications!

  17. flecksofgreen
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 16:34:14

    Wow that looks and sounds amazing! I thought everything was on bread at first, then I realized it was eggplant and fell in love! 🙂

  18. Alex
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 17:03:11

    I’ve been using eggplant quite a lot lately – one of my latest experiments was with tomato and cheese. But with olives and cucumber… yum!

  19. hotlyspiced
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 17:15:04

    I’m not much of a fan of raw onions either. They are so much better roasted or sweated down until they become sweet. Gorgeous looking eggplant tartin xx

  20. Kayte
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 18:20:23

    Oh, I love your version, too! Those black olives are calling to me. And I can so get onboard with caramelizing the onions a bit. You are giving me ideas! Thanks. Beautiful photograph skills here!

  21. Liz
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 18:52:03

    Beautifully done! You did keep with the basic recipe…and your tweaks look darned tasty!

  22. Norma Chang
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 19:07:33

    I too dislike raw onions. Love your idea of roasting them, brings out the sweetness.

  23. Zen and Genki
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 19:51:34

    Your version looks and sounds even better than the original (unless they are verrryyy sweet, raw onions scare me away too :))

  24. Ronda
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 20:43:59

    Modification rules!

  25. Geraldine Saucier
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 21:38:21

    Your tartine looks beautiful. I like the modifications you made. I like your use of the peach vinegar. Great job.

  26. Mary Hirsch
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 22:04:28

    Brother, raw onions sure took a beating this week. Maybe I’ll start to dislike them also! Your tartine turned out beautifully for your palate and that’s what each week’s recipe is about. Pleasing you. Nice job.

  27. bakeawaywithme.com
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 08:14:14

    Love your modifications to this recipe….we should always adapt our recipes to our own taste!! Roasted onions or raw…I’m sure this tartine was delicious!! Yours looks great!!

  28. Mary
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 11:14:36

    well yours looks delicious – raw onions don’t work for me (or my family either)
    Mary x

  29. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 11:28:09

    YC, this is really yummy looking! Raw onions don’t bug me, but roasted are so much better.

  30. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 12:11:08

    Oh I love everything about this! what a great meal!

  31. mireia
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 12:23:06

    This looks really different from what i’ve tried and great!!!!

  32. Jennifer B.
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 21:18:21

    I didn’t think raw onions seemed like a good fit here either (even though I like them some other times). Also thought about roasting them with the eggplant.. a combo I love. I left out the cucumber but your comments make me think I should have included it, a little crunch would be nice. Great pics!

  33. FiSh
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 22:19:00

    what a healthy light bite to keep me energetic for the day 🙂

    Latest: Bird’s Nest Mooncake: Best of The Year!

  34. Tandy
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 01:34:59

    I much prefer your version 🙂

  35. rebeccasubbiahrebec
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 05:01:55

    looks great and I would approach raw onions in the same way he he

  36. Promenade Claire
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 05:51:50

    I love how you meet these challenges! And I fancy trying the peach vinegar too – never heard of it before

  37. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 12:39:43

    I LOVE eggplant. But like you, not crazy at all for raw onions! Actually, I can’t imagine how they would go here. I think you did a wise thing by roasting them. Nice and sweet and a perfect accompaniment to the eggplant! Great job! : )

  38. Parsley Sage
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 12:57:12

    Ha! i think its good when her recipes call for raw onion because you go to EXTREME and often delicious lengths to adapt them out of the dish. This looks ace 🙂

  39. Katerina
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 14:41:31

    I cannot digest raw onions easily so i skip it when i see it too! On the other hand roasted or cooked onions are a different story. I love them. This eggplant tart looks perfect and summery!

  40. Beth
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 15:47:24

    I’m with you on the raw onions, and on the black olives. I’m glad you liked this recipe, eventually!

  41. Sara
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 17:31:00

    Totally gorgeous – I can handle raw onions sometimes, but they look great roasted here! 🙂

  42. Bonnie (@GlamKitten88)
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 19:44:15

    I am all for trying new things, and this definitely needs to be added to my list.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  43. Kambrook (@KambrookAU)
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 21:26:40

    I don’t mind raw onion at all… especially if it’s red onion.

  44. saffronandhoney
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 22:07:18

    LOL at the cucumber reminding you of onion 🙂 think these turned out great!

  45. Reem | Simply Reem
    Sep 09, 2012 @ 23:11:49

    This looks Good!!
    Raw onion are no issue with me but I have to choose between raw and roasted I will go for later…

  46. Sarvani @ baker in disguise
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 01:10:13

    i love your adaptation.. although raw onions are not a problem with me.. this version with the roasted onions is equally delectable!!

  47. cindyrina
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 03:20:25

    awesome fingerfood!

  48. Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today?
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 08:52:05

    I like each ingredient, raw onions as well. Great meal!

  49. Jasline
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 09:59:25

    I’m not a fan of eggplant, but this tartine looks delicious! I would love to try it out for my friend who loves eggplant!

  50. Recipe Junkie
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:31:21

    Ha ha ha!! Nice one! I’d have had to skip it altogether because my Husband refuses to eat egg plant (aubergine) 😦 and I have given up trying. Your version looks good to me though.

  51. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:56:25

    What a novel idea for eggplant! This looks immensely flavourful too.

  52. belovedgreen
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 11:21:02

    I am liking how you changed up this recipe, I’m not one for raw onion either, but roasting is perfect!

  53. Holly
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 11:25:32

    This sounds So flavorful and delicious!! ♥

  54. 21stcenturyhousewife
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 16:27:42

    Oh my, these look absolutely delicious! What wonderful tartine!

  55. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 19:32:11

    I love eggplants – but haven’t yet gotten my hands on some this summer. I will though 🙂 This looks beautiful

  56. Juliana
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 21:07:19

    Nice way to prepare eggplants and yes, no raw onions for me as well 🙂
    Have a wonderful week!

  57. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 21:07:38

    I’m not a raw onion gal either. This looks really, really tasty!

  58. Balvinder
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 22:27:13

    I love the taste and smell of roasted onions, on eggplants it looks great.

  59. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 23:55:18

    I guess so many people have different preferences and it’s fun to see how people come up with food with the same recipe. I’m not much of a big raw onion fan – it has to be prepped that it is not bitter (like soaked in cold water etc). I’m a big eggplant fan actually and I get excited to see some new creation with it!

  60. kitchen therapy
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 06:07:14

    Looks so good! This is definitely a recipe I need to catch up on

  61. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 08:44:16

    I don’t mind raw onions as long as there is some other ingredient in the recipe to “cook” them like a vinaigrette. Your version of this tartine looks very good!

  62. vianney
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 22:14:08

    I’m partail on raw onions, in some dishes yes in other no~~ this looks amazinG!!

  63. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 01:52:52

    I can never have enough of eggplant recipes. these tartines look amazing!

  64. jora
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 16:30:41

    Lovely presentation, as always! I’m intrigued by the peach vinegar.

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