A Provencal Picnic: A Tartine Jardinière Recipe
Provence is a gourmand’s delight. The Mediterranean diet is packed with fresh produce, olive oil, and of course seafood, and many of these tasty treats are found at the local open-air markets as well as the shops of artisan food producers. Pair this delicious food with the beautiful natural setting, and it’s no wonder that Provence is one of our favorite culinary vacation destinations, and an ideal place for a picnic.
Picnics in France can be notoriously simple. Grab a baguette and cheese, and you’re set for the perfect lunch. But if you’re looking for something even more quintessential Provence, try this recipe from Chef Mark of our Cuisine and Culture of Provence cooking vacation. According to Mark, “In essence, this sandwich is a Provencal summer salad layered onto grilled bread that can be held in one hand, with a napkin around it, and a cool glass of rosé in the other hand. ” He recommends enjoying the sandwich during the sunny midday hours in the shade of a tree. “Siesta and gurgling town fountain in the main place optional.”
To make this tartine jardinère, you’ll need bread (either a baguette or ciabatta style) sliced and grilled on the inside with olive oil, 2 thin slices of grilled eggplant (brushed with olive oil and grilled), grilled skinned/seeded sweet red and green peppers, sliced hardboiled egg, rinsed 4-6 anchovies, handful of salad greens, and a tapenade (a spread made with crushed green olives, capers, cornichons, dash of herbs de Provence, roasted garlic, and splash of red wine vinegar or lemon and olive oil). Chef Mark recommends making about a 1/2 cup or more of the tapenade so that you can save it for later use.
There’s no trick to assembling the sandwich. Simply layer all the different ingredients, and then finish with a sprinkle of black pepper and red pepper flakes. You won’t need to salt the sandwich either, as the capers, olives, and anchovies have plenty of sodium already.
Since the sandwich doesn’t have any cheese on it, be sure to bring some cheese along too, as well as some wine to complete your French picnic!
By Liz Hall
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