Mushroom and Spinach Tartines with Roasted Garlic Spread

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on January 12, 2012

Mushroom and Spinach Tartines.

Doesn’t that just sound like some kind of exotic treat you’d get in France?

“Tartine” is actually a fancy bread with either a sweet or savory spread on top, often found in France. It sounds fancy, but it’s basically an open-faced sandwich. It also happens to be the name of one of my favorite bakeries in San Francisco. 🙂

In the spirit of incorporating more whole grains into my diet, I decided to post this great recipe for a healthy take on the traditional Tartine.

It seems like a bit of an odd pairing of ingredients, but I promise it tastes delicious. The secret is lots of garlic, and a great crusty bread. This dish was inspired by a recipe I found on VegetarianTimes.com. I made a few modifications, so my modified recipe is below. Don’t be thrown off by the addition of tofu into the spread: it provides a great protein punch, and it doesn’t taste like tofu at all!

This is the perfect recipe for a simple, weekend supper but it can also be used as an appetizer for parties.

The Ingredients

  • 6 oz. soft tofu, drained
  • 6-9 cloves roasted garlic (I say the more garlic the better, but if you’re not a garlic lover like I am, go with 6 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 10 oz of sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 6oz-10oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1-2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese per tartine (so if you’re making 8 tartines, that’s 8-16 Tbsp total)
  • 1 whole-wheat baguette, sliced lengthwise and toasted

The Directions

Step 1: Roast the garlic. This is very easy to do: simply trim the tops of whole garlic bulbs to expose the cloves, set on a piece of foil, and drizzle with olive oil (about 1 tsp).

Step 1 (continued): Wrap the garlic tightly in foil, and bake 30 to 35 minutes at 400°F, or until garlic bulbs are soft. When it’s done, it looks like this:

Step 2: Place tofu and garlic in blender or food processor, season with salt and pepper, and blend until smooth.

Step 3: Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Sauté mushroom and onion 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened.

Step 4: Stir in spinach, and sauté 2 minutes, or until wilted. Add 1 Tbs. Parmesan cheese to pan, and remove from heat. I also added salt and pepper to taste for more flavor.

Step 5: If you have any roasted garlic left over, spread one clove over each baguette half. Top with tofu-garlic spread, then with mushroom-spinach mixture, and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Toast under broiler 1 to 2 minutes, or until cheese begins to brown. I also added a bit of salt and pepper on top (just a sprinkle) for extra flavor.

Doesn’t that look delicious? If you’re eating this as a meal, I’d serve it with some light tomato soup to make it more of a well-rounded and filling dinner. As an appetizer, it can be served by itself.

Either way, it is extremely healthy for you! It’s full of whole grains, fiber from the vegetables, and protein from the tofu and cheese. 1 tartine has ~300 calories, 14g protein and 12g fiber (which largely depends on the amount of fiber in your baguette). Dig in!

Mushroom and Spinach Tartines with Roasted Garlic Spread

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 275

Fat per serving: 9g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 275 Calories, 9g Fat, 473mg Sodium, 40g Carbs, 12g Fiber, 5g Sugar, 14g Protein

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. soft tofu, drained
  • 6-9 cloves roasted garlic (I say the more garlic the better, but if you’re not a garlic lover like I am, go with 6 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 10 oz of sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 6oz-10oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1-2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese per tartine (so if you’re making 8 tartines, that’s 8-16 Tbsp total)
  • 1 whole-wheat baguette, sliced lengthwise and toasted

Directions

  1. Roast the garlic. This is very easy to do: simply trim the tops of whole garlic bulbs to expose the cloves, set on a piece of foil, and drizzle with olive oil (about 1 tsp).
  2. Wrap the garlic tightly in foil, and bake 30 to 35 minutes at 400°F, or until garlic bulbs are soft. When it’s done, it looks like this:
  3. Place tofu and garlic in blender or food processor, season with salt and pepper, and blend until smooth.
  4. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Sauté mushroom and onion 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened.
  5. Stir in spinach, and sauté 2 minutes, or until wilted. Add 1 Tbs. Parmesan cheese to pan, and remove from heat. I also added salt and pepper to taste for more flavor.
  6. If you have any roasted garlic left over, spread one clove over each baguette half. Top with tofu-garlic spread, then with mushroom-spinach mixture, and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Toast under broiler 1 to 2 minutes, or until cheese begins to brown. I also added a bit of salt and pepper on top (just a sprinkle) for extra flavor.

Notes

Adapted from Vegetarian Times

http://pickyeaterblog.com/mushroon-and-spinach-tartines-with-roasted-garlic-spread/

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Bromography January 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Yum! This recipe has some of my favorite ingredients. Thank you for sharing!

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anjalim January 12, 2010 at 1:18 pm

no problem, glad you liked it! 🙂

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Carol Egbert January 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I love that you adapted the recipe to fit your pantry.

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RavieNomNoms January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

This looks so amazing to me! If I could have picked everything I was craving today it would have been every single thing you have in this recipe. Delicious!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Yay! Thank you so much – hope you ended up making this tonight! 🙂

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Jordan January 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

WOW – I love all of the ingredients! I could eat mushrooms every day 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Me too! I didn’t used to be a mushrooms fan, but once I discovered all of the different varieties and figured out how to cook them – I couldn’t get enough!

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Ruth January 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Beautiful! I would love to try that spread, it just sound delicious!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thank you! The spread really is awesome – it’s so healthy for you because it’s got tons of protein from the tofu, but it tastes just like roasted garlic. It’s great as a spread or as a dip!

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Beth Michelle January 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

Anything with roasted garlic and Im in!! This looks wonderful!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I know, isn’t roasted garlic the best? And it’s so easy to make! 🙂

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The Healthy Hostess January 15, 2012 at 7:07 am

I am drooling right now! Can’t wait to make this!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Yay! I’m sure you will love it – the spread is so creamy and delicious!

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rob January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

This recipe sounds, but the pictures induce hunger pangs in my stomach.
Sounds pretty healthy too.

We are definitely getting overrun by questions from the community about food.
Come by and promote your site by answering some questions!
Clearly, you have some thoughts to share:)

http://questorganic.com/questions/figuring-out-food

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Thanks! So glad you like my recipes. Thanks for introducing me to your community! I just stopped by and answered a few questions 🙂

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Sue Kauffman January 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

This may be my take along to my next social gathering. If it’s healhty, tasty and easy, I’m in!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Awesome! They are so easy to transport – it’s a perfect potluck dish!

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Mary January 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Yummy! I can’t wait to make this recipe.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Thanks!! Hope you like it! 🙂

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Em (Wine and Butter) January 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

Oh Tartine is my favourite bakery in the WORLD – and thats counting ones in Paris.

If you like it I trust your opinion – and these look delicious. Can I have them for dinner even if I had PB&J for lunch…?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater January 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I know right – Tartine is amazing! And yes – you can totally have these for dinner if you had PB&J for lunch! 🙂 This is a very well rounded meal: whole grains, fiber, protein, vegetables – so it’s a perfect dinner no matter what you’ve eaten for lunch. Hope you enjoyed them!

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