Strawberry Balsamic Tartine

Monday, April 27, 2015
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My husband and I recently treated ourselves to a quick get-away. At his request, we took our son to visit my in-laws and his cousins for Spring Break. Lucky us, they live about half-way between our home base, Chicago, and Nashville, Tennessee. So, after enjoying Easter with the family, we left the kid and took off for Music City.

We were desperate to escape the cold and it was awesome to drive south into warmer and warmer weather. Gray gave way to green and by the time we arrived in Nashville, we had to change into lighter clothes. Sweet temperatures aside, I love Nashville. It's got a ton of character and there is a lot to do and see. Live music is everywhere, fun museums, beautiful parks, and the food is amazing.

One morning our friend, Stevee, took us to Marche Artisan Foods for a little brunch. I couldn't resist ordering the fruit tartine, an open-faced sandwich with strawberries, mascarpone cheese, and balsamic reduction. Totally unique and uber delicious, it's hard to categorize this dish. It can serve as a light meal, snack, breakfast, or dessert. It's healthy with a satisfying dose of decadence. Sounds amazing, right? It is.

Strawberry Balsamic Tartine

Ingredients for the balsamic reduction:
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3 T honey

Ingredients for the tartine:
1 T mascarpone cheese
1 t honey (or to taste)
4-5 strawberries, sliced
1 slice of bakery-quality whole wheat bread
drizzle of homemade or prepared balsamic reduction

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1. Combine vinegar and honey in a small saucepan.

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2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Check after 10 minutes and continue simmering, checking frequently, until reduction coats the back of a spoon or the desired consistency is achieved. I let mine simmer for about 20 minutes and I could have let it gone a little longer for a more syrupy texture.

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3. Mix mascarpone cheese with 1 teaspoon of honey in a small bowl.

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4. Slice strawberries.

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5. Compile your tartine by spreading the cheese mixture on to the bread, top with slices strawberries, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction.

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Get ready for some very happy taste buds!

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