tartine de viande des grisons {ffwd}

tartine de bresaola

After a week away for Thanksgiving week, I welcomed the simplicity of this week’s recipe for French Fridays with Dorie. Our group has already made several varieties of tartines. I have usually served them as open-faced sandwiches for lunch, though in Around My French Table, Dorie usually suggests slicing them crosswise to serve as nibbles with an aperitif. Finally, I chose that route myself.

As with last week’s recipe for Red Kuri Soup, sourcing was the major challenge for this otherwise easy appetizer. The recipe calls for air-dried beef, such as viande des Grisons or bresaola. A few years ago, Howard made something similar (carne salada) based on a recipe from Patricia Wells’ book Salad As a Meal. Alas, for this recipe, we hadn’t planned ahead. During my food shopping outings all week, I kept my eye out for this type of meat. I saw lots of prosciutto, but no bresaola. I finally decided to give up my pursuit and purchased some prosciutto.

Then, on my way home, I passed the local Italian specialty shop in town (Tutto Italiano). It’s where I usually by prosciutto and fresh mozzarella when that’s the object of my shopping. On a whim, I went in and asked. Success! The owner said bresaola was expensive ($23 a pound). However, I didn’t need much, and it really wasn’t much more than the imported prosciutto I buy there. I asked for 4 slices, enough to cover two slices of bread, and it was only $3.22.


This is so easy! First you slice and toast some rustic country bread. In anticipation of the tartines, I baked a loaf of whole wheat no-knead bread.

Sliced Toast

Next, slather it with butter.


Cover with a layer of bresaola.


Drizzle with walnut oil and sprinkle with toasted walnuts.


Cut into batons and serve with a glass of wine. Bon Appetit!

We both loved it! We enjoyed the tartines before a weeknight meal, but this one is company-worthy. Now that I know that the main ingredient can be conveniently found just a mile away from my house, I expect this appetizer to be repeated.

To see what the other Doristas cooked up, check out their links here.

Last Saturday, I enjoyed an afternoon with Adriana of Great Food 360, starting with lunch and then moving on to the best hot chocolate in New England. We met last year in Seattle, so it was a treat to have another chance to get together. I look forward to the next time!



Posted on 5 December 2014, in Beef, French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Yum! Can you just ship me some…now maybe? I’m working late on a patch release :) You remember! :) It looks delicious !

    • You crack me up. I’ve been trying to forget! I don’t miss patch releases, that’s for sure! Hope you are well. Happy Holidays, Katalina!

      • It’s my job in life to crack people up — I try!! When i get my new kitchen, you are absolutely invited to come teach me how to use it :) Have a great weekend and enjoy the holidays!!

  2. It’s not quite your Birthday here, but it is where you are – so happy Birthday! Love the photo of you and Adriana, you both look like you’re having a wonderful time. This tartine was delicious, but it would have been even better with homemade bread.

  3. I really enjoyed your post Betsy! Being in Florida, the only Italian air dried meat I could find was the prosciutto…and I was lucky to find that. We have such ethnic diversity in NJ that even my local grocery sells many of the Italian specialty meats. I considered this tartine a gift this week! A non recipe was just what I needed, as we packed to come back north!
    Happy Birthday, Betsy! Enjoy your day! Love the photo of you and Adriana!

  4. Dear Betsy, your tartine with bresaola looks wonderful – glad that you dropped by your favorite Italian market and found some. I know that it tastes delicious as well – we had some the other day “Carpaccio-style”. Respect that you managed to bake your own bread – I did not have that foresight myself – did you use the no.knead bread recipe from Jim Lahey for this lovely loaf? I tried that recipe twice and I should really make it again soon.A fabulous recipe.
    Have a wonderful birthday today & a great weekend,

  5. Betsy, as Kathy says, you have such ethnic diversity on the East Coast that we just don’t have way out here. So, good for you for eventually finding Bresaola. I am going to try Jim Lahey’s bread recipe when I’m out of the altitude this Winter. My friend Donna’s favorite use of Bresaola, she tells me, is on pizza, with arugula or in a salad. Goodness, a whole new Life involving air-dried, cured meats has opened up to me this week. Happy Birthday, dear Betsy. I hope you receive my little gift today. Hint: Buzz, buzz, buzz

  6. Of course Braesola is expensive we only make expensive items in FFWD thats why we have have such high grocery bills. I still remember you telling about that.. us too about double the average family of four… but hey, life is too short not to eat well. Happy Birthday again dear lady.

  7. First let me say that bread looks so good. I never heard of either of these dried meats,
    but I am definitely going to look for the bresaola. The whole combination of ingredients
    worked so well together.

  8. Happy birthday, dear Betsy! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I think Coppa and a trip to this store might be in the agenda next time I’m in town.

  9. Happy, happy birthday! So glad you scored some bresaola…I was shocked to find some in Indy :)

  10. Your terrines look so delicious!! I need to seek out the ingredients and make this. And how nice to get a chance to see Adriana again. What a nice week for you!!!

  11. Happy belated birthday! I hope it was a good one. I’m a December baby too:-)

    I found the real thing for this week’s recipe, but I would also like to report that it works equally well with proscuitto; I’m munching on one for breakfast as I type!

  12. Your tartine looks so good – I’d definitely go again. The bresola was a bargain!

  13. Happy birthday (belatedly)! The tartine looks great, of course! My bresaola was also that exact price, but not so bad since we didn’t need much of it. Great picture of you and Adriana–what fun!

  14. Hi Betsy! Happy -belated- birthday!! The tartine looks so appetising! My husband loooves bresaola but I not so much. I am more of a prosciutto kind of girl ha ha!

  15. Glad you were able to find the beef so close to home. The Speculoos were great and I am so happy I made them. Have a great birthday week.

  16. I love the idea of this served in apéro sized slivers :)

  17. Yup, at 28$/ pound I was keeping my puchase volumes to a minimum :-)
    I hope you had a lovely birthday and am happy you were able to spend time with Adriana.
    I hope you survived this week’s weather.

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