Served hot or cold, these roast beef and blue cheese tartine are an easy and elegant dinner! And perfect for sharing with friends.
The hardest part about eating out is when you know you overpay for something you know you can make better.
And these are the prime example. I work in a windowless basement of a terminal, and if there is an excuse to escape it at any time of day to see sunlight, I will take it. And lunch is the best excuse out there. And coffee. And if a friend is flying through. Really, any reason.
Airports, like the one I work at, are all really trying to up their game, but sometimes they still fall short. Or I just have obscene expectations? I’m not entirely sure. But this is one of those times that I knew I could knock a recipe out of the park, and pay a lot less doing it.
My partner in crime and I went on a browse for lunch, wanting to try out the newest restaurants. We have a new wine bar and they have a pretty extensive lunch menu, too! For something a little more high brow than a burger and fries. The tartine menu looked wonderful, from provencal tartines with chicken and olives, to this roast beef and blue cheese tartine. So yes, naturally we had to get them…
But for $17, a half sandwich on grocery store white bread is going to be mighty disappointing. Because, I know I can do better. Now now, I know. It’s an airport. But c’mon, grocery store bread? Let’s try just a little. It tasted fine. But ‘fine’, can always be ‘fab’.
So, being the stubborn foodie I am – made it myself. And ate it for three days straight. Because it was so damn good. Hot or cold, these tartine are sublime.
What makes a tartine?
The bread is what makes a tartine. It has to be crusty, rustic, toasted, rubbed with fresh garlic, and piled high with whatever toppings you’re adding to it. And this is not the time to be delicate with the toppings. Pile the roast beef high.
How do you make this Roast Beef and Blue Cheese Tartine look so presentable?
If you need a trick to make meat look good, let me fill you in on a food styling secret – instead of just laying the meat down flat, grab it by one end, and as you lay it on the bread, twist it like a ribbon. Presentation matters friends. Then, make sure you add lots of caramelized onion (naturally), and big ol’ chunks of blue cheese.
Now THESE roast beef and blue cheese tartine would be worth $17. Don’t you think?
Need more inspiration for a fancy, but equally easy dinner? Check out a few of my other favorites.