This Bayonne Ham Laguiole Cheese & Balsamic Vinegar Tartine will bring your snack break to a whole new level!
This tartine is the combination of some of the World’s most perfect ingredients : Bayonne ham, laguiole cheese, walnuts, mushrooms, red onion & balsamic vinegar beads. Everything is sitting perfectly on a thick slice of wholewheat, grainy, nutritious bread.
What is a tartine? So, techinically, in French a tartine refers to baguette sliced in half and filled with butter and sometimes butter and jam (simple and yum). This progressed to open bread topped with anything that is spreadable (tartiner means to spread in French). A tartine has now come to refer to any slice of bread topped with something sweet or savoury.
What are balsamic vinegar beads? (The short story.) Real balsamic vinegar condensed into elegant little beads that you can use as a delightful topping for any dish. (The long story.) I was walking down the rue des Martyrs looking for a last minute surprise for Hugo for one of our monthly anniversaries (yes, we celebrate our love with a small gift every month on the 5th of each month – I’ll have to write a post about that one day!♥) and I spotted a jar of these darling little balsamic vinegar beads. We have been having so much fun adding them to pretty much everything. They are the perfect addition to tartines.
This Bayonne ham, laguiole cheese & balsamic vinegar tartine recipe includes one of my all time favorite ingredients : laguiole cheese. Have your tried laguiole cheese? You can learn more about it here. If you don’t have access to it where you live, you can replace it was another hard, sharp cheese. A mature cheddar or pecorino cheese would work like a charm!
Hugo made some delicious crispy ham chips for this recipe. These are so simple to make and add flavor and a delightful crunch to the tartine! To make them all of you have to do heat the oven to 400°F (200°C), put as many slices of ham as you like between 2 large sheets of parchment paper and put a weight on top (this can be an empty oven-friendly dish) to keep them from curling.
I love the whole tartine concept because you can pick and choose your favorite ingredients to make your perfect tartine. This Bayonne ham, laguiole cheese & balsamic vinegar tartine is a delicious balance of meat, cheese, tart yet sweet vinegar and hearty bread. It is perfect as a snack but could also serve as a light lunch.
You can also use any leftover ingredients you have to make a yummy tartine. I think the key to having a tartine that works in terms of flavors is keeping it simple and not adding too many flavors that may just end up canceling each other out.
- 4 slices of grainy bread
- 3 slices of Bayonne ham
- 2 × 2 inches pieces of laguiole cheese (cutted into small sticks)
- 1 mushroom (peeled and sliced)
- ½ onion (sliced)
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 4 cups of arugula and mache
- 8 walnuts
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 8 fresh chives (scissored)
- 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar pearls
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Cut 1 slice of ham into 4 equal pieces.
- Use parchment paper to cover the baking tray.
- Put the 4 pieces of ham on it and cover with another sheet of parchment paper.
- Place an empty baking dish to hold everything in place and to keep the ham from curling.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
- Add the onion and salt and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add sugar and cook until the onion caramelizes (2-3 minutes).
- Put aside.
- Add butter, arugula, a half slice of ham, cheese sticks, slices of mushroom, caramelized onion slices, 2 walnuts, 2 chives and 1 crispy ham chip to each tartine.
- Drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil on top.
- Add a half teaspoon of balsamic vinegar pearls on top.
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