Choose Your Own Adventure Tartines

Anyone who knows me (or has met me for even five minutes) will tell you that I’m very easily excited, and I’m wildly expressive.

Tartine Trio

That’s why the emergence of emojis a few years ago beyond the simple colon and closed parentheses “:)” …or, let’s be real, the colon and capital d “:D” was so SO important in my life.

How else do you convey “Sorryyyy, I’m totally going to be 15 minutes late…again” without the embarrassed/oops face? How do you convey “I’m ready to party” without the flamenco dancer in the flow-y red dress? How could you possibly convey “That’s right, I’m awesome” without the girl raising the roof?!

Cherry Walnut Tartine

Words aren’t the same. I have too many emotions and faces to be contained strictly to text.

(At this point, do I have you wondering how we’ll ever get to tartines? Hang in there – I promise it’s coming.)

Clearly I’m guilty of rampant emoji use. (insert guilty face) So I’m pretty excited for the new roll-out…just as long as they include redheads this time. AND so many more food emojis!

I don’t like living in an emoji world with no tacos, no croissants, no bell pepper, no pie, no waffles, and no tartines! No tartines.

Mushroom Tartine

Good thing you can have the real deal in your hot little hands in a flash. Tartines make a totally rad and crazy simple lunch or dinner. They’re also one of those exciting “choose your own adventure” meals. I love those kinds of meals.

Sundried Tomato Arugula Tartine

With each of these little babies, I started with a whole wheat sourdough bread and a ricotta base. The savory tartines I whipped up are:

  • Simple Mushroom and Pecorino
  • Sundried Tomato with Arugula, Feta, and Smoked Paprika
  • Simple Caramelized Onion and Parmesan

Caramelized Onion Tartine

The dessert stunner was:

  • Cherry Preserves with Toasted Walnuts and Cayenne Pepper

There’s no way I could pick a favorite. I’d sooner pick a favorite emoji. You’ll have to make all of them and decide for yo’self.

Savory Tartines

You can also empty out the fridge try different combos:

  • different cheeses on top (manchego, goat cheese)
  • different greens (kale, spinach)
  • different seasonings sprinkled over (thyme, curry powder)
  • different preserves (apricot, grapefruit)
  • different nuts (pistachios, pine nuts)

Go wild!

Here’s the rundown:

Choose Your Own Adventure Tartines

  • Servings: you decide!
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


(amount variant depending on your guests…just add till the tartines look full! I find that 3 tartines per person is plenty)

For all:

  • 16 oz. Whole milk ricotta
  • 1 loaf whole wheat sourdough bread
  • Salt &pepper

For the Mushroom Tartine:

  • Sautéed cremini mushrooms
  • Pecorino cheese (grated on top)

For the Caramelized Onion Tartine:

For the Sundried Tomato Arugula Tartine:

  • Arugula
  • Sundried tomatoes, julienned
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Smoked paprika

For the Cherry Preserve Walnut Tartine:

  • Cherry preserves (about ¼ cup)
  • Toasted walnuts, roughly chopped (1/4 – 1/3 cup)
  • Cayenne pepper (lightly sprinkled on top)


Toast the bread.

Spread about 2 tablespoons of ricotta on each toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add your topping combos, slice in half, and devour!

Try some different tartines next time with…

  • different cheeses on top (manchego, goat cheese)
  • different greens (kale, spinach)
  • different seasonings sprinkled over (thyme, curry powder)
  • different preserves (apricot, grapefruit)
  • different nuts (pistachios, pine nuts)


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