Grilled cheese sandwiches. Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese? Gooey, creamy deliciousness with crunchy, toasty bread. So good, anytime. Plus, the food world is totally having a moment with toast right now. And this camembert and roasted strawberry tartine is a far cry from my childhood Kraft single Wonder Bread grilled cheese sandwiches in the toaster oven.
I love sweet and savory combinations and this strawberry tartine is no exception. (Throw a little spice or heat in there and I’m almost programmed to love it.) For inquiring minds, tartines are a fancy name for toasts with stuff of top. Other names include crostini, bruschetta, and open faced sandwiches. These strawberry tartines are toasted, but tartines are not always toasted.
With the amazing strawberries that have been at the farmers markets lately, I wanted to use my strawberry compote in a different way. Don’t get me wrong, the compote is excellent in so many dishes. But I was looking for something a little more savory that I could eat for lunch or a snack.
Enter this camembert and roasted strawberry tartine. Sweet, roasted strawberry compote melts into the pungent, salty camembert cheese. A drizzle of this balsamic reduction adds a splash of acidity on top of fresh, crunchy toasted bread. Serve this strawberry tartine as an appetizer on toast points for a smaller serving. Or, bulk it up with a whole slice of bread for a full sandwich. Paired with a side salad, it’s the perfect late spring and summer lunch. Then, add a glass of sparkling rose if you’re so inclined for a moment of indulgent retreat.
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Camembert and Roasted Strawberry Tartine
This camembert and roasted strawberry tartine is a sweet and savory sandwich with melty cheese and fresh fruit. Finished with thyme and balsamic reduction.
sourdough bread, halved
roasted strawberry compote (see note)
camembert cheese, sliced
strawberry and thyme balsamic reduction (see note)
Heat oven to 425°F.
Place bread slices on a baking sheet. Top each bread slice with two to three slices of camembert. Spoon roasted strawberries over camembert (about 1 1/2 tablespoons per slice of sourdough bread).
Bake 10 minutes until camembert has melted and bread is lightly toasted.
Drizzle each tartine with 1/4 teaspoon balsamic reduction and sprinkle on a few thyme leaves.
Recipe for Roasted Strawberry Compote
Recipe for Strawberry and Thyme Balsamic Reduction
If you’re looking for extra toasty, crunchy bread, I recommend toasting the bread before melting the camembert on each slice. This recipe leaves the bread a bit on the softer side.
Leave off the cheese to enjoy strawberries on toast with the balsamic reduction. You could also try this with a plain vegan cheese.
Swap the sourdough bread for your favorite gluten free variety.
Looking to add some protein? Thick sliced ham would be your best addition to this roasted strawberry tartine, creating something akin to a Croque monsieur.
CHECK THE FRIDGE
The camembert on this roasted strawberry tartine is delightful with its strong, pungent flavor! However, if you don’t have it or if you prefer a more mild cheese, I recommend a brie or monterey jack cheese.
Try your hand at bread making! This blog has all you would ever need to know about baking sourdough bread. Or try this baguette recipe from King Arthur Flour.