Avocado Tartine with Hot Ajvar and Pickled Onions
Tartine (tärˈtēn) – a fancy French word for a slice of bread with a sweet or savory topping. This amazing sandwich, if you will, is purposefully left open-faced to showcase its many elaborate toppings in a stronger spotlight. While traditionally slathered with just butter and jam, today’s tartine is fashionably dressed in a delicious vegan mélange of roasted vegetables, savory olive butter, asparagus tofu, vegan hollandaise, caramelized onions, figs…anything the heart desires. Start with a good rustic loaf of bread or a freshly baked baguette and you’re ready to take your Vegan Tartine to the next level. That brings me to why I’m reaching out to you today. My Avocado Tartine with Serbian Hot Ajvar and Spicy Pickled Onions.
The inspiration for this Avocado Tartine comes from Frontier Cafe in Yucca Valley, one of the few restaurants in my town that offers vegan food choices. Every time I eat there I order the same thing: The Avocado Tartine with Hot Ajvar and Pickled Onions. I go there after work sometimes and this delicious menu choice is always waiting for me. I liked it so much I decided to make my own version of it. And I’m so glad I did.
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For this recipe, we will be using two popular previous recipes on my blog: my Hot Serbian Ajvar and my Two-Toned Spicy Pickled Onions. The Ajvar is primarily made from roasted red bell peppers and eggplant and has it’s roots in the Balkans, frequently showing up in Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian cuisine. It was the one ingredient in Frontier Cafe’s version of my recipe that I couldn’t identify.
The bread you choose when making any kind of Tartine is extremely important. You want it to be sturdy enough to handle layers upon layers of toppings without succumbing to the weight and making a big mess all over your floor. Frontier Cafe used a French Country Levain. I chose a freshly baked loaf of sour dough from my local bakery.
Once you’ve chosen your bread, slice it into 1 inch slices and pop it in the toaster. Now you’re ready for the avocado part. For this, I simply scoped fresh avocado out of its shell and mashed it up in a bowl. Easy-peasy. If you’re the adventurous type, feel free to add some spices like dill, fennel seed or tarragon. Remember: the sky’s the limit!
I have a confession to make. I’m a big klutz in the kitchen. I mean every time I approach the kitchen to create a masterpiece, something bad happens to interrupt my zen. Just a few of the things that happened in the last week include dropping a brand new, full bottle of virgin olive oil all over the kitchen floor (I’m still picking glass out of my feet), almost burning down the house (never walk away from your fry pan when you’re heating oil as it will explode into flames), losing a piece to my most prized possession, my food processor :-(( and nearly slicing off my finger when I cut the onions for this recipe. And another thing.
I can’t tell you how many times I walk into the kitchen and forget what I was going in there for. I often find myself asking: “is this a normal part of the aging process or am I getting Alzheimer’s”. I’ve found that the only cure for my fading memory is comfort food. And comfort food can be anything like this Avocado Tartine topped with Hot Serbian Ajvar and Spicy Pickled Onions. I could eat this stuff all day long and never get tired of the flavor. I hope you like it as much as I did.
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